Maputo, Mozambique, 14 Dec – Nine of the 20 Japanese tuna fishing vessels off the Mozambican coast had been inspected by Monday at the port of Maputo, as a condition for receiving a license, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
The measure, which is a first amongst African countries licensing tuna fishing vessels, began on 7 December and is expected to continue until 20 December.
Figures from the National Directorate for Fishing Inspection showed that Mozambique would have significant economic gains from the inspections, as a fishing license costs between US$32,000 and US$35,000 depending on the type of fishing each vessel does.
As well as income from fees, port entries could generate other income through services, such as supplying fuel.
As well as Japanese ships, a third of the vessels authorised to fish in Mozambique’s waters under the terms of an agreement between Mozambique and the European Union will also be inspected at Mozambican ports before becoming involved in fishing activities in 2012.
The inspections are the result of guidelines set out in the Fishing Master Plan for 2010-2019, which aims to increase the economic contribution of the fishing sector. (macauhub)