Maputo, Mozambique, 17 Nov – The governments of Mozambique, Norway and Iceland Friday renewed their cooperation agreement in the fisheries sector for the 2009-2013 period, which aims to improve the exploration of Mozambican fishing resources and make them sustainable, according to Mozambican news agency AIM.
The programme for fisheries assistance for the next four years will be so-funded by Norway and Iceland, to the value of US$27.2 million in donations, under the terms of the new bilateral agreements and a trilateral memorandum of understanding.
The funds will be used to boost administration in the areas of research, fisheries management, fish farming, quality control and training as well as funding measures to improve the living conditions of fishing communities and small and medium-sized companies.
At the time, Mozambique’s Fisheries Minister, Cadmiel Muthemba, described Norway and Iceland as “strategic partners in the development of the fisheries sector” and added that “it was thanks to their support that Mozambique has the technical and scientific bases needed for the sustainable management of fishing resources and to keep our fishing products on the international market.”
Average annual production of fish in Mozambique totals around 130,000 tonnes, most of which is consumed locally.
Muthemba said that the sector contributes 3 percent to Mozambique’s gross domestic product (GDP) and employs some 150,000 people. (macauhub)