South Korea to help Angola to repopulate horse mackerel

4 October 2011

Luanda, Angola, 4 Oct – Funding of US$5 million provided to Angola by South Korea will be used for a project to repopulate horse mackerel fry in order to ensure annual production of 700,000 tons, the national director for Fishing and Agriculture said.

Maria dos Santos, who recently presented the project on “Repopulation of horse mackerel fry in Angola and its advantages,” at the fishing forum between South Korea and Africa, said that US$3.75 million of that amount would be applied to building support facilities, US$833,000 to equipment and US$416,000 to training and technical assistance.

“We want to reach the 700,000 tons per year registered in 1973, before the country’s independence,” said Maria dos Santos, cited by state newspaper Jornal de Angola.

Angola requested support from South Korea via the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica), which granted the funding to apply technologies to ensure the repopulation of marine species.

“The amounts of almost all fishing resources have been falling over the last few years. In this way, there is the need to increase measures to repopulate horse mackerel and sardines,” she said, adding that banning fishing at specific times was one of the new management measures implemented to increase production. (macauhub)