Sharp fall in Mozambican imports
O País / Stock / Between January and February it is prohibited to fish and sell shrimp in Maputo and Sofala provinces
The Surveillance Department of the Provincial Directorate of Inland Waters, Seas and Fisheries seized more than 50 kilos of shrimp at the Maputo Fish Market this Thursday, on the grounds that the crustacean is being marketed at a prohibited time of year.
Shrimp fishing and marketing is prohibited in the provinces of Maputo and Sofala in the months of January and February, to allow the reproduction of shrimp.
In response, fishmongers gathered to protest in the port of Maputo late yesterday. They claim that the action is wrongful because the shrimp was purchased in December and held back for sale now.
The authorities, however, say that merchandise can only be returned on production of receipts showing the date of purchase and origin of the shrimp. If vendors do not present receipts, the shrimp will be sold on February 20th.
The institution says it will continue to carry out inspections at sea and in the markets.
Source: O País