Maputo, Mozambique, 29 Nov – Japanese boats fishing for tuna off the Mozambican coast will, as of December, by subject to inspections ahead of receiving licenses at the port of Maputo, the national director for Fishing Inspection, Manuel Casteano said.
Speaking to daily newspaper Notícias Casteano said that the inspections were intended to provide in-depth information about the boats operating in the Excusive Economic Zone, particularly for tuna, including details about the fishing methods used and the monitoring equipment on board.
The inspections allow the captains of the ships and their owners to be informed of the rules governing fishing activities in Mozambique.
Casteano also said that, as well as Japanese pavilion ships, a third of the European boats that under the terms of the 2012/2014 fishing agreement between Mozambique and the European Union can operate in Mozambican waters will also be required to undergo inspection in Mozambican ports.
A Mozambican delegation made up of six fishing inspectors are currently taking part in tuna boat inspection training in the Seychelles.
The choice of the Seychelles is due to the fact that the tuna boats have their base port (where they start and end their fishing seasons), and the initiative has the support of the Seychelles Fishing Authority and the involvement of the Indian Ocean Regional Tuna Fishing Organisation. (macauhub)