The Mozambican government has granted exclusive tuna fishing rights in the 12 miles of its territorial waters and the 200 miles of its exclusive economic zone (EZ) to the Oceanfresh Seafood Division, a subsidiary of British group Lonrho, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the group.
The group also said that the concession had been granted for a period of five years, during which Oceanfresh Seafood Division is authorised to catch 12,000 tons of tuna per year.
The statement noted that this was the first time the Mozambican government had granted fishing rights for longer than a year and that this coincided with teh modernisation and expansion of Oceanfresh’s refrigeration and fish processing units at the Maputo fishing port.
“The investment will allow the port of Maputo to have the biggest fish processing facilities in Mozambique with an area of 6,000 square metres,” said he statement from the Lonrho group.
Tuna caught in the period from November to May will be exported to Japan and in the remaining months of the year to the United States. (macauhub)