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The Mozambican Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries has seized and destroyed 410 items of harmful fishing gear from a total of 7,134 inspected throughout the sea.   In the initial weeks of the closed season for mangrove crab fishing, starti...

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MOZAMBIQUE: FISHERY AUTHORITIES DESTROY 410 ITEMS OF HARMFUL FISHING GEAR

Published by: A. Odean
11/03/2020 09:29 PM

The Mozambican Ministry of the Sea, Inland Waters and Fisheries has seized and destroyed 410 items of harmful fishing gear from a total of 7,134 inspected throughout the sea.

 

In the initial weeks of the closed season for mangrove crab fishing, starting in October and ending on 31 December, the fishery authorities have also charged fines amounting to 179,134 meticais (about 2,450 US dollars), of which 50,000 meticais have already been paid.

 

A total of 97 fishing centres along the country's coastline were visited, and 238 vessels mostly canoes were checked. The inspections, undertaken by 63 missions on land and three others at sea, were announced on Tuesday in Maputo by the ministry's director of operations, Leonid Chimarizene, speaking at a press conference, held mainly to announce the prawn fishing closed season.

 

"This is our preliminary balance of the first 15 days of the restrictions on crab fishing," said Chimarizene, adding that it is the first time the country has taken such a move, strongly contested by fishermen who claim that fishing is their only way to make a living.

 

A few days after the start of the closed season, small-scale fishermen were reluctant to abide by the rules but Chimarizane claimed that awareness campaigns have contributed significantly to changing their minds. However, some still venture out to sea, especially at night, as they believe the inspection teams will not spot them.

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