Mozambique ‘loses $60m through illegal fishing’


Jose Tembe BBC News, Maputo

Mozambique’s fisheries sector says the country loses about $60m (£46m) annually due to illegal fishing.

It says the situation results from clandestine operations that are being carried out mostly by foreign vessels.

Fisheries Minister Augusta Maíta said most of the boats that have been seized for carrying out illegal fishing were registered in countries such as Panama, Seychelles and Russia.

Ms Maita said a satellite unit to monitor fishing activity in southern Africa will start operating next year, which should reduce illegal fishing.

In 2019, the BBC’s Paul Adams looked at the impact of illegal fishing on the coast of West Africa: