Electronic system implemented to control fishing catches in Mozambique

12 December 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Dec – Fishing catches off the Mozambican coast by Mozambican and foreign fishing vessels will be controlled electronically, based on a system set up on land the national director for Fishing Inspection said.

Speaking to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias, Manuel Casteano said that the new control system, which is due to start operating in 2012, would contribute to reducing losses resulting from ship owners understating their catches.

Notícias said that understating the quantity of fish caught is though to cost Mozambican losses of at least US$64 million; US$27 million from shrimp fishing and US$7.6 million from accidental catches.

The remaining US$30 million are based on expected catches of 20,000 tons of tuna per year in Mozambique’s Exclusive Economic Zone that go unreported.

Casteano gave assurances that the effort being made at the moment aimed, not only to put an end to understating catches but also to improve the data control system.

As well as the physical presence of inspectors on ships, fishing inspection is carried out by the Kuswag 1 ship, a vessel that was chartered in 2008 with the support of the Norwegian government. (macauhub)