Angola to buy vessels to patrol territorial waters

9 April 2010

Lobito, Angola, 9 April – The Ministry for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing plans to increase inspection of Angolan territorial waters with the introduction of new patrolling equipment, the Minister said Thursday in Lobito.

On the sidelines of a visit to Benguela province, Minister Afonso Pedro Canga said that there was a plan to buy the vessels this year along with other equipment in sufficient quantity to patrol the entire Angolan coast.

According to the minister the fisheries sector is one of the sectors to receive the most attention along with agriculture and rural development as they generate hundreds of jobs, whilst also ensuring the socio-economic development of families and the State.

On Wednesday, the first day of the three-day visit, Canga visited the Lobito Marine Research Centre as well as the fishing cooperative in the village of Damba Maria.

A lack of motor-driven vessels, materials such as hooks, nets and buoys are some of the problems put to the minister by the artisanal fishermen.

The minister’s visit continued Thursday in the fishing municipality of Baía Farta a few kilometres to the south of the city of Benguela. (macauhub)