Chinese province signs fishing agreement with São Tomé and Príncipe

The Chinese province of Fujian and São Tomé and Príncipe will carry out studies on industrial fishing in the territorial waters of the archipelago, the director general of the São Tomé Fisheries, João Pessoa, told Macauhub in São Tomé on Tuesday.

The studies are part of a fisheries cooperation agreement signed recently in São Tomé by João Pessoa and Li Gangsheng, deputy head of a mission from that province of China.

After visiting “several points of fishing interest” in the archipelago, the Chinese technical team concluded that “São Tomé and Príncipe has great potential for the development of industrial fishing,” Pessoa said.

Commenting on the agreement signed, which includes training and research related to fishing, Lin Xuefeng, head of the Fujian delegation, pointed out that there is great potential for development of fisheries between Fujian province and the São Tomé archipelago.

This is the first fisheries agreement signed by São Tomé and Príncipe and the People’s Republic of China following the signing last April in Beijing of the general agreement on cooperation between the two countries.

Dozens of European Union (EU) vessels fish in São Tome territorial waters under a tuna catch agreement that earns the archipelago around US$1.2 million a year, with small vessels from São Tomé and Príncipe, “the canoes” limited to artisanal subsistence fishing. (macauhub)