Angola’s Ministry for Agriculture and Fishing since the end of 2011 has been implementing a programme to refurbish fishing vessels that have been abandoned along the coast of the provinces of Luanda and Bengo, the director of the Artisanal Fishing Institute said Wednesday in Luanda.
Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Nkosi Luyeye said that this was a pilot-project to discover if it made more sense to invest in refurbishing existing boats or to buy new ones.
He said that paying for refurbishing the boats was the responsibility of the Fund to Support Development of Fishing (Fadepa) and that after the vessels were repaired they would be sold to other people rather than given back to the people that abandoned them.
The first 25 vessels, of a lot of 100, were given to fishermen for the first time in 2007, 32 years after Angola’s independence.
The programme to hand over these first vessels began in 2006 and saw its high point in 2007 when 400 canoes were distributed as well as 300 outboard engines, 300 onboard engines and 100 vessels, as well as several tons of fishing equipment. (macauhub)