Commercial shrimp fishing in Mozambique is expected to fall to 2,000 tons in 2014, as compared to an average of 6,000 tons over the last few years, dropping by around 67 percent, Mozambique’s fishing minister, Victor Borges said.
Cited by the Mozambican press, Borges said that the drop in the amount of shrimp caught in Mozambique was related to a lack of shrimp in the Mozambique channel, which is also affecting Madagascar, Kenya and Tanzania.
In order to reduce the impact of this drop in shrimp stocks, the Mozambican government plans to encourage shrimp farming by driving foreign and national investment in the sector.
Seafood farming has increased sharply over the last few years according to figures from the Mozambique Shrimp Producers Association (APCM), which has said that shrimp is the most farmed species in the country’s fish farms.
In 2011 farmed shrimp production totalled 10,000 tons and rose to 18,000 tons the following year.
Until recently farmed shrimp was mainly exported to the European Union (70 percent), but also to the regional market (13 percent), the Asian market (9 percent) and the United States (8 percent).
However, the discovery of white spot viral disease in 2012 led companies in the sector to announce a drop in the amount of shrimp exported to these markets. (macauhub)