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The 25 domestic and foreign vessels currently operating off the Mozambican coast catch 3,000 tons of tuna annually, well below the 20,000 tons capacity, but the fishing industry hopes that the peak tuna catch will be reached by 2024, when 130 fishing vessels are expected to be licensed.
Head of the Fishing Licensing Department at the National Fisheries Directorate, Galhardo Naene, revealed the figures during the ‘Tuna Dialogue and Transparency in the Mozambique Fisheries Management System’ seminar in Maputo on Thursday.
Galhardo Naene said a development plan for tuna fishing has been prepared.
The meeting comes at a time when Mozambique and the European Union have not yet reached a new tuna catch agreement, the EU rejecting a clause on the control of the catch made by vessels, which has been blocking agreement since 2015.Source: Rádio Moçambique
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