Fish exports provide Mozambique with revenue of US$330 million

17 June 2009

Quelimane, Mozambique, 17 June – Mozambique took revenues of US$330 million from fish exports between 2005 and 2008, a period in which production reached 394,000 tonnes, the Mozambican minister of Fisheries, Cadmiel Muthemba said in Quelimane Monday.

Of that production, the minister said, Mozambique exported 58,000 tonnes to the European Union (EU), its main buyer.

In 2008, traditional fishing contributed 450 tonnes to total fish exports to the EU.

Each year Mozambique consumes an average of 1,600 tonnes of fresh fish products, part of which is imported from other countries, said Muthemba, during the 9th Coordinating Council of the Mozambican Fisheries Ministry, which began Monday in Quelimane, the capital of Zambezia province.

Despite the growth of availability of fish products on the domestic market, the country has yet to achieve the recommendations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), according to which each Mozambican should consume 20 kilogrammes of fish resources per years, as compared to a current 5 kilogrammes.

Muthemba forecast that fish resources would increase mainly through fish farming, which as yet is not well developed in Mozambique but has great potential. (macauhub)

MACAUHUB FRENCH