Mozambican company buys fishing boats from China

13 August 2015

Chinese-owned Mozambican company Yinuo Pescas, Limitada, has commissioned a shipyard in China to build nine vessels for tuna fishing in the coastal region of the Angoche district of Nampula province, the provincial delegate of the National Fisheries Administration said.

Momade Juízo told daily newspaper Notícias, that the vessels, the cost of which he did not reveal, should arrive in Angoche before the end of this year and are already equipped with equipment to catch tuna.

The delegate said the new vessels from the Chinese company would operate from a base in the city of Angoche, where the company already operates four locally built wooden boats, licensed for semi-industrial fishing, and in which it invested the equivalent of US$6 million.

Juízo said progress had been made in negotiations with the Japan Tuna Company, which formally expressed interest in fishing for tuna off the coast of Nacala-Porto, with a fleet of 15 vessels, or potentially more in the future.

Tuna catches in the Exclusive Economic Zone, covering an area of ​​200 nautical miles from the line of the Mozambican coast, are currently operating below the maximum limit, according to studies on the potential of that fish species. (macauhub/CN/MZ)