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Ministry of Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries officials in Sofala have seized three tonnes of fish caught illegally in the waters there, and being transported at dawn in two trucks leaving Casa Partida beach for an unknown destination.
César Mabusse, head of the Sofala Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries directorate, said that the seizure was the result of an anonymous tip-off, adding that this was the fourth violation of the closed period, which runs from January to March.
“Our source had assured us that the fish was one that is not supposed to be caught during the closed season. At 2:00 a.m., when we learned that the trucks were loaded, we stepped in. The seizure happened in Beira district, but the fish is from Dondo [district],” he said.
The two fishermen arrested during the operation said they took the fish to exchange it for food.Source: Rádio Moçambique