Mozambican government supports deep sea fishing in Cabo Delgado province

12 September 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Sept – Mozambique’s Fishing ministry is providing equipment, specifically boats, to fishermen from Cabo Delgado province, with the aim of promoting deep sea fishing, according to Mozambican daily newspaper, Notícias.

Deep sea fishing is the order of the day for the Fishing Ministry and the Small-Scale Fishing Development Institute (IDPPE), in Cabo Delgado as the fishing vessels that are being provided have the best conditions of navigability.

“It’s not enough to ask fishermen to fish further out without providing them with the conditions to do that and that is why we are promoting this type of fishing vessel that will be equipped with engines and selective fishing equipment,” noted the IDPPE delegate in Cabo Delgado, Manuel Daniel.

The delegate also said that the IDPPE would supervise the process in order to collect data to demonstrate the advantages mainly in terms of cost/benefit, which could be important in any negotiation with microfinance institutions that support the province’s fishing communities.

Daniel also said that the carpenters that are building the fishing vessels had been trained both in Mozambique and foreign countries, such as Chile and Senegal, where similar programmes are at a more advanced stage.

The IDPPE delegate noted that fishing in open sea, as well as reducing traffic along the coast, which is currently under great pressure, would bring advantages in terms of quality, quantity and variety of fish, allowing the fish to breed normally in the areas where fishermen currently focus their activities. (macauhub)