Angola: Over 79,000 Tonnes of Fish Captured in 2012 in Benguela

Benguela — At least 79,681 tonnes of fish with, emphasis on sardines, horse mackerel, mackerel, croaker and others were captured in 2012, in the province of Benguela, against the 69.670 in 2011, representing a growth of 23 percent, ANGOP learnt from the provincial director of Fisheries.

Speaking to ANGOP, Carlos Martinó stressed that in relation to industrial fishing the capture rates point to 28,916 tonnes, 33,269 at semi-industrial fishing sector, 17, 496 in artisanal maritime fishing and 1020 in continental fishing.

Carlos Martinó explained also that the data are still provisional, and he believes that the province can reach the 90.000 tonnes of catch, given that the fish is captured either by locally licensed vessels or by other large registered ones in other ports and making the discharge of the fish at Baía Farta, given the existing good conditions exist for that purpose.

The provincial director of fisheries announced that the province of Benguela achieved satisfactory results of catches in recent months, thanks to the hard work of 22 companies in the fishing sector and the performance of 36 licensed vessels, which contribute to improved food security and living conditions of community of fishermen and farmers.

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