Angolan government buys Chinese ships to combat illegal fishing

6 October 2010

Luanda, Angola, 6 Oct – the Angolan government has invested US$62 million in buying 10 new ships for fishing inspecting in order to combat illegal fishing along the country’s coast, Minister Afonso Canga said Tuesday in Luanda.

The Minister for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing, Canga said that the vessels, which would be 47 metres long and have a top speed of 22 knots, would inspect and combat fishing infractions on the coast of the Angolan provinces of Cabinda, Zaire, Luanda, Benguela and Namibe.

Speaking Tuesday at the ceremony to launch the ships, the minister noted that the government would continue to invest in infrastructures for the fishing sector.

“The government will continue to invest in building and repairing fishing terminals and ports, shipyards for repairing vessels, as well as training staff on every level, for scientific research and in the areas of processing, distribution and sale of fishing products,” he said.

In the minister’s opinion, investment in the ships and training of 32 crew members would see positive results, such as a significant drop in illegal fishing.

The ten ships, which were built in China, will be used by the National Fishing and Aquaculture Inspection Service, which is run by the Ministry for Agriculture, Rural development and Fishing, which previously carried out inspections along the Angolan coast using 11 other ships. (macauhub)