Africa-Press – Angola. Climate change is negatively contributing to the capture of fish in large quantities in the country, said Saturday, in Soyo, Zaire province, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Cármen do Sacramento Neto.
Speaking to the press, after the inauguration of a fishing complex, the minister added that this phenomenon is also contributing to the extinction of some marine species, in addition to compromising the goals set by the Angolan Executive for the fishing sector.
Among the objectives outlined, the minister spoke of fish self-sufficiency throughout the national territory, with a view to providing more fish to the Angolan population.
“This goal has not yet been achieved, due to climate change problems that, in a certain way, influence the reduction of fish catches in quantity and quality in the country”, he explained.
He added that despite these endogenous factors, the country continues to move towards achieving the proposed objectives, taking into account the large investments that the sector receives from both the State and the private sector.
Without giving any numbers, the minister also spoke about the promotion of aquaculture, which is starting to take significant steps across the country, providing more fish on the tables of many Angolans.
According to the minister, the Executive continues to provide incentives to entrepreneurs in this segment of the economy to increase fish production levels.
Forty thousand seedlings of different species of mangroves were planted in the last two years, in the municipality of Soyo, Zaire province, by the company Seatag.
According to the executive director of the aforementioned company, Alcatir Costa, during the period under analysis, his firm prepared a greenhouse with more than 90 thousand mangrove seedlings, the first in the country in terms of number of this plant species.
Currently, he said, the company Seatag has a greenhouse with seven thousand cashew seedlings, a species that hopes to be expanded to other locations in the province and the country, as part of the plant repopulation program.
“It is a species that is on the verge of extinction in the region. We intend to reach 30 thousand seedlings in the next few days”, said Alcatir Costa, during the inauguration of a fishing complex belonging to the company Seatag.