Mozambique loses millions of dollars from illegal fishing

7 October 2016

Mozambique loses about US$67 million per year due to illegal fishing in its territorial waters, said Wednesday in Beira the national director of operations of the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries.

Leonid Santana Chimarizane, quoted by daily newspaper Diario de Mozambique, did not disclose the tonnage of fish caught illegally but said there had been unauthorised incursions in jurisdictional maritime waters.

One official said that the ministry had been making efforts to combat illegal fishing and gave assurances that enforcement was being stepped up, “to contribute to the reduction of that practice.”

On the sidelines of a training meeting that brought together fisheries inspectors and members of the Community Fishing Councils, the national director of the Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries Waters told attendees that in September two illegal ships were caught fishing in the country’s waters.

Another case was detected in 2015, when a vessel registered in Panama was found illegally fishing tuna, and the owners had to pay a fine of US$65,000 and lost their fishing gear to Mozambique. (macauhub)