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Mozambique’s Fisheries Production Increased by 9% in 2023

Mozambique’s Fisheries Production Increased by 9% in 2023

Fishing production in Mozambique reached 496.3 thousand tonnes in 2023, an increase of 9% compared to the results of 2022, when 455.5 thousand tonnes were recorded.

According to the budget execution report for January to December, last year’s performance was above the target of 474.5 thousand tonnes.

The document from the Ministry of Economy and Finance clarified that artisanal fishing led the way, with 466.4 thousand tonnes, followed by commercial fishing (industrial and semi-industrial), with 20.5 thousand, while aquaculture production stood at 9.5 thousand tonnes.

“In commercial fishing, shrimp led the way in production with 1,341 tonnes, an increase of 18.7% taking into account the catches of 2022,” he said.

With regard to aquaculture, the report explained that in 2023 it was affected by excessive rainfall that caused flooding in Maputo, as well as the passage of Cyclone Freddy twice, first in the south, particularly in Inhambane province, and then in the centre and north of the country, with a greater impact on Zambézia province.

These natural phenomena led to the destruction of 708 artisanal fishing boats, 3446 fishing gear, 422 aquaculture tanks, 137 aquaculture cages and 210,000 fry.

Aquaculture in Mozambique is carried out on an industrial level and on a small scale, producing, in addition to various types of fish, shrimp, crab and lobster, mainly in the provinces of Tete, Gaza and Maputo.


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