The 2024 horse mackerel season in Angola has extended by one month

The 2024 horse mackerel season in Angola has extended by one month

Angola has reduced the annual closure of its horse mackerel fishery from three months to two months in 2024, according to the country’s national fisheries director, Victor Chilamba.

The ban will be reduced to include only the months of June and July, when the species enters the breeding season, Chilamba announced on December 12, according to the Angola News Agency.

Chilamba said the stock of horse mackerel in the country has increased in recent years and the move follows the recommendations of the Integrated Aquatic Biological Resources Management Board and the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

The Angola Fisheries Agency has set a quota of 304,000 metric tons for commercial fisheries, and 186,000 metric tons for artisanal fisheries, with a total of 490,000 metric tons falling short of the 600,000 metric tons quota in 2023.

The agency also set a lower quota for sardinella, reducing it from 200,000 metric tons in 2023 to 120,000 metric tons in 2024.

Earlier this year, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) announced funding to support a project to help Angola develop its fisheries and aquaculture sector to help diversify its economy and improve its food security. The EU-UNCTAD joint program for Angola: Training for Trade 2 aims to increase Angola’s seafood exports – worth an estimated US$81 million (€74.2 million) in 2018, consisting primarily of shrimp, lobster and tuna.

UNCTAD has established a knowledge exchange program between Angola and Vietnam The Nha Trang Aquaculture Development University and the Angolan government have pledged US$300 million (€275 million) in blue economy-related investments over the next five years, according to the organization.

“The fisheries and aquaculture sector can help Angola diversify its economy and move closer to achieving its development goals,” said Paul Akiwumi, Director of UNCTAD for Africa.

Joana Gomez, director of Angola’s Office of Water Resources Study and Planning, said the country’s government will continue to develop programs “to ensure sustainable and inclusive economic diversification led by the private sector.”

SFT Angola is one of the largest fishing companies in Angola and has expressed optimism about the potential of Angola’s seafood sector.

However, a study completed in early 2023 showed a rapid decline in horse mackerel biomass in Angola, and the Angolan Fisheries Ministry announced a plan to revoke some fishing licenses in response. The decree also included a plan to convert the country’s pelagic fishing vessels equipped with on-board freezing systems into vessels equipped with cooling systems within the next two years, according to the Namibian. It is unclear whether the ministry is still committed to implementing this plan.

Image courtesy of Save Our Seas

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