International crisis affects Mozambique’s fishing exports

4 July 2011

Beira, Mozambique, 4 July – The international financial crisis is directly affecting production and exports of Mozambican fishing products to its usual markets of the European Union, South Africa and others, particularly because of continual fuel price rises, said Mozambique’s deputy Fishing minister.

As well as the price of fuel, Gabriel Mathisse said that another constraint affecting Mozambique’s fishing production was related to the amount of fish and other products caught, as this largely depended on export markets.

Speaking in the city of Beira at the start of a working visit to Sofala province the minister announced that at the moment fishing exports, mainly of shrimp, totalled an average of 7,000 tons, which provides income of some US$100 million per year.

Annual fishing production in the country totals around 160,000 tons, and 86 percent of this is provided by artisanal fishing mainly from the provinces of Sofala, Zambezia and Nampula. Despite this, overall, production and productivity levels of small-scale fishing needs to increase.

Over 70 percent of the Mozambican fishing industry is focused in the city of Beira and Sofala province produces 21,000 tons of fishing products each year. (macauhub)