Mozambique expects to export 14,000 tonnes of fish by the end of the year, an increase of 7% compared to 2016, when the country exported 13,000 tonnes of fish, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.
According to the National Institute of Fish Inspection (INIP), the increase is the result of a number of measures, including inspections, that the authorities have put in place to ensure the increase of production.
Speaking in Maputo, on the sidelines of a training session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), INIP director Lúcia Sumbana said that so far Mozambique has reached 60% of the export target set for 2017 .
To achieve the expected results, according to the director, the fishing industry is working on seizing and collecting nets that are unsuitable for fishing, which devastate fishery products still in the development phase.
Sumbana also said that a fishing ban had been extended, allowing for more satisfactory results.
The fisheries sector accounts for about 4% of Mozambique’s GDP.
In 2016, Mozambique’s fishing catches totalled 300,000 tonnnes, 30 tons more than in 2014. (macauhub)