French-Mozambican company expands clam farming in Nacala, northern Mozambique

25 July 2014

Aquapesca, a French-Mozambican company specialised in seafood farming has opened a new line for clam cultivation at its facilities in the city of Nacala-Porto, said laboratory technician Sidónio Juda Chan.

Chan told Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias that by opening this new clam production line the company now works with four species, the others being tiger prawns, “giga” or Japanese oysters and freshwater tilapia fish, following investment of just over 40 million euros.

After being forced to bring production of “penaeus monodon” (Asian Tiger Prawn) shrimp larvae to a halt to due white spot syndrome virus that affected the entire Mozambican coast, Aquapesca launched other projects and is now one of the world’s biggest “meretrix metretrix” clam larvae or Asian hard shell clams.

In 2013 Aquapesca exported around 25 tons of clams to the Japanese market and this year expects to sell over 100 tons of shelled clams to that market. Collecting the clams involved around 3000 artisanal fishermen in the regions of Quelimane and Beira.

Sidónio Chan said that Aquapesca’s production had a guaranteed market, as shrimp and oysters are exported to Europe, clams to Japan and tilapia fish is sold to the domestic market. (macauhub/MZ)