Shrimp. (Photo: Stock File)
Shrimp export increase expected
Monday, September 30, 2013, 00:30 (GMT + 9)
This year Mozambique seeks to obtain revenue of USD 30 million for export of about 3,700 tonnes of shrimp.
If this expectation becomes true, there would be an increase of 62 per cent over 2012 figures.
The good sales expected for this year reflect the lower incidence of the white spot disease, which has harmed the industry since 2011.
Last year, the disease decimated about 400 tonnes of shrimp, according to what a source from the Ministry of Fisheries told Correio da Manhã.
The Government ensures that "the condition of the shrimp is controlled," and that so far no case has been recorded.
For this year, it is expected that total fish exports from Mozambique reach a value of USD 49 million, 15 per cent more than in 2012. Out of that total, more than 50 per cent will be supplied by shrimp shipments.
In addition, the Ministry of Fisheries expects that in 2013 there will be a fish production close to 196,000 tonnes.
Moreover, Kelvin Samucidine, a technician at the Fisheries Research Institute (IIP) of the delegation of Maputo, stated that the country's shrimp fishery remains sustainable, and said an investigation has revealed the emergence of "new species," similar to those in Malaysia and the Philippines.
At the moment, scientists do not know how they have arrived at the Mozambican coast, Africa 21 reported.
Meanwhile, semi-industrial ship owners warn that since 2012 there has been a substantial reduction of the crustacean. They argue that artisanal fishermen do not respect closed seasons, and this affects the reproduction of the species.
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By Analia Murias