Angola: Ministry of Fisheries Works On Sector Development

Luanda — The Ministry of Fisheries and the Sea is working on the organization of the sector, to reduce the informality that exists in the conservation, as well as the inspection of artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial vessels, said Minister Maria Antonieta Baptista.

The measure aims to discipline the exercise of the activity and seek to raise levels of catches, according to the minister in an interview with Jornal de Angola, published on Monday.

Asked how the sector could increase catches, the minister replied that without disobeying the management measures approved in State Gazette for 2019, they are, at the level of the Ministry, trying to set some proportions at the level of quotas. The entry of large industrial fishing vessels and pelagic trawling between parallels 15 and 17 eventually increased the rate of catch effort.

"This has to be supported by some actions, such as, for example, the assessment of the available biomass. It is very risky to increase the effort rate without being sure of the resources available. At this point, we can increase catches, despite being a very broad concept," she said.

She explained that where some industrial vessel have left, they will replace four or five smaller ones, for example, because much of the shellfish is for export, hence the need to encourage the people to do this.

Regarding the licensing of fishing vessels continue to be centralized in Luanda, a situation that has generated criticism, the minister replied that there are issues that the Ministry can not lose sight of: one of these issues is the control of the sector.

To this end, the Ministry created teams that went to the coastal provinces to inspect the vessels. "As you know, everything that is new leads to suspicion. And many were not prepared for this change. They then proceeded to the second phase of regularization of those who, according to the law, manifested the faults, docagements, maintenance performed outside or inside the country. These have already been properly inspected, "She explained.

She added that at another stage, the sector will "tighten the siege" to those who refused to undergo an inspection.

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