More than 300,000 tons of different species of fish were caught in Guinea-Bissau from 2009 to 2013, according to the Fisheries Management Plan for 2015, prepared by the Secretariat of State for Fisheries.
The document obtained by Macauhub in Bissau showed that small pelagic species account for most of the species caught – 61.7 percent – followed by demersal species with 32.7 percent, cephalopods with 3.8 percent and crustaceans with 1.9 percent.
The capture of pelagic species reached the highest point in 2009, of 40,000 tons, using four ships and in that same year also marked the biggest catch of cephalopods, with 3310.8 tons from 28 vessels.
The catch of demersal fish did not exceed the 22,186 tons achieved in 2011, using 39 ships, but in 2013, for example, the number of ships operating increased to 69 but the catch totalled just 21,414 tons.
At the end of this year the authorities will assess the catches over the last two years (2014 and 2015), mainly by fishing vessels from the European Union and China, countries with which Guinea-Bissau, which does not have its own fishing fleet, has established fisheries agreements.
According to data from a research campaign in 2011 by the Mauritanian Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries Research (IMROP) working with Guinean Centre of Applied Fisheries Research (CIPA), Guinea-Bissau has a biomass of 579,021 tons distributed through the different groups. (macauhub/GW)