Mozambican fishing production expected to total 100,000 tons in 2013

2 August 2013

Mozambique’s fishing production is expected to rise by 4 percent this year to 100,000 tons, the Fishing Minister, Victor Borges said in Jangamo, Inhambane province recently.

Noting that shrimp fishing in 2012 had seen a substantial drop, which was unusual as conditions were considered to be good to meet the quota set, the minister said that “campeta”, a fish that is caught in the Cahora Bassa reservoir, was one of the species that had contributed most to fishing production in the last year.

Borges also said that the fishing sector was posting considerable growth in Mozambique, and that in 2012 the sector accounted for 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

In terms of inspection of the fishing sector, which is not carried out with the strictness required as Mozambique does not have the resources to do so, the minister said that society needed to be involved in this process.

“We have a 2,700 kilometre coastline and just two inspection ships, which is very little for our ambitions, and we are therefore asking for more involvement by society as a whole, as most of the violations do not only happen out at sea,” he said.

Borges noted it was necessary to focus in on the fishing methods used by operators and to respect closed seasons as well as the species of fish that are caught and to check if fishing is carried out in prohibited areas. (macauhub)