The regional centre for fishing inspection in Dande, Bengo province, started work on Tuesday, completing the first phase of this project started in 2012, said the Director General of the Angolan National Office of Fisheries and Aquaculture Inspection.
This centre is the seventh of its kind and is equipped with a continuous monitoring satellite system for “monitoring fishing vessels” as well as a radio system to communicate with the same boats, Domingos Azevedo, told Portuguese news agency Lusa.
The centres installed in Namibe (2012), Kwanza Sul (2013), Zaire (2014), Cabinda (2014) and Luanda (March 2016), and the latest one in Dande along with the central station can trigger patrol boats to sail along the Angolan coast.
Azevedo said that the usefulness of these Regional Fishing and Aquaculture Inspection Centres can be assessed by their halting of illegal fishing, and gave as an example two boats from the Democratic Republic of Congo recently found fishing in Angolan waters.
Angola has a coastline of 1,650 km and an exclusive economic zone of 330,000 square kilometres. (macauhub)