Mozambique government sets up Marine Reserve to increase fishing production

15 September 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 Sept – The government of Mozambique has approved the creation of a Marine Reserve to develop marine aquaculture and increase fishing production in the country, the spokesman for the Council of Ministers said in Maputo Tuesday.

Spokesman and deputy Justice Minister, Alberto Nkutumula, said that Mozambique had the potential to produce 1.2 million tons of shrimp and another 790,000 tons of a variety of fish per year, in a territorial area that includes around 120,000 hectares in 39 coastal districts of the country.

The areas with potential for development of aquaculture range across the coastal districts of Cabo Delgado, Nampula, Sofala, Inhambane, Gaza and Maputo.

According to the spokesman there are a number of aquaculture projects in the planning stages and in the development stages, which required decisions about where and how they should be put together, and that now the bases for the start of the majority of the projects and to attract investors had been established.

According to Nkutumula making use of aquaculture as well as improving income for families and creating more jobs would, above all, reduce pressure on sea fishing. (macauhub)