Russia forges fisheries partnership with two African countries
2021-09-10 03:00

Russia forges fisheries partnership with two African countries

Rosrybolovstvo signed a memorandum of cooperation in the field of fisheries with Mauritius at the International Fisheries Forum in St. Petersburg, said the press service of the agency.

"Fisheries can become one of the promising areas of cooperation between our countries. Today we face an important task - to create the necessary legal framework for the resumption of our cooperation, "- said the head of the Federal Agency for Fisheries Ilya Shestakov.

The agency noted that with the advent of the Russian tuna fleet, the exclusive economic zone of Mauritius, along with neighboring areas in the western Indian Ocean can be regarded as a promising area for the organization of domestic fisheries for tuna. Following a bilateral meeting, an agreement was signed, which strengthens cooperation between the countries in combating illegal fishing, training of qualified personnel for the fisheries industry of Mauritius and joint research.

In addition, the Federal Agency for Fisheries discussed issues of bilateral cooperation in the field of aquaculture with Mozambique. The Head of the Department proposed to develop an interagency memorandum of understanding, which will be the first step to enhance the Russian-Mozambican cooperation in the field of aquaculture. The Minister of Marine Resources, Inland Waters and Fisheries of Mozambique Augusta de Fatima Maita supported this initiative.

Mauritius is an island nation in East Africa located in the southwestern part of the Indian Ocean. About 1,076 species of fish, 274 species of crustaceans, 217 molluscs and 33 species of echinoderms inhabit the marine waters of Mauritius. There are 102 species of fish, most of which are fished in the coastal zone of the islands.

Mozambique is located in Southeast Africa and borders South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Eswatini. The fauna of Mozambique's marine waters is characterized by high species diversity. Of commercial importance are 90 species of fish, 24 species of crustaceans, 2 species of cephalopods and 2 species of bivalves.

The International Fisheries Forum and Exhibition of Fish Industry, Seafood and Technology was held in St. Petersburg from 8 to 10 September.

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Author: Karina Kamalova