Fish catches in Angola’s Benguela province are lower than consumption

20 January 2014

Over 70,000 tons of fish, mainly sardines, horse mackerel, mackerel, sea bream and croaker was caught in Angola’s Benguela province in 2013, which was a drop of 7,000 tons against 2012, the sector’s provincial director said.

José Gomes, the acting provincial director for Fishing told Angolan news agency Angop that industrial fishing accounted for 40,900 tons, artisanal fishing for 15,100 tons and inland fishing for 1,000 tons.

The provincial director also said that the actual amount of fish caught was far from meeting the real needs of Benguela province, which are estimated to be 120,000 tons per year by 2017.

“There are lines of dozens of trucks parked next to the fishing companies in Baía Farta waiting to load up with fish to carry to other provinces,” he noted.

In order to increase catches, he added, it was necessary to increase the number of fishing vessels in the fleet as well as increasing the capacity of shipyards to provide technical support to vessels that have broken down, which would prevent them from being grounded for long periods.

Gomes also said that unlike 2012 last year there was no production of fish meal and fish oil as there was no surplus fish to use for that purpose. (macauhub)