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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mozambique receives fishing vessels from France

Mozambique’s Fisheries Ministry has received five of the 30 vessels ordered by the Mozambican Tuna Company (AMATUM) from a shipyard in the French city of Cherbourg, APA can report on WednesdayFisheries Minister Victor Borges said the boats arrived one month earlier than expected.

AMATUM now needs another month to prepare the vessels to start operations, which means the country shall be catching tuna this year.

The AMATUM order was for 24 fishing vessels, a mixture of long liners and trawlers, plus six patrol boats.

In September 2013, the French media put the total cost of the vessels at about US$267 million.

The government says it had become necessary to buy the vessels because out of the 130 vessels licensed to fish for tuna in Mozambican waters in 2013, only one was Mozambican.

AMATUM was, therefore, set up to ensure Mozambique gained additional benefits from its own fisheries resources.

Source: astarafrica.com