The East African country, which is anticipating the October Presidential Poll, has been promised a boost to fish farming. Following a conference held at Dar el Salaam (in the week beginning July 19th) a deal was signed by the Japan Tuna Co-Operative Association and the Deep Sea Fishing Authority of Tanzania.
The deal will result in a huge growth in tuna fish farming in Tanzania with annual returns somewhere in the region of $200 million. These fees will be paid by the Japanese association, which, in turn, will deploy 30 tuna trawlers in its first year.
This extra income will be a welcome bonus to Tanzania, which is currently losing millions of dollars to pirate trawlers who illegally seize tuna in the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). It is estimated that nearly 200 foreign trawlers are able to penetrate Tanzania’s deep sea waters and catch a variety of fish because the nation does not have the capacity to patrol its deep sea zones.
Speaking at the signing of the Tuna fishing agreement, the Minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries, Mr John Magufuli, said the agreement marks the start of obliging foreign trawlers to follow the country’s fishing laws. Dr Magufuli said the contract provides for electronic security surveillance to aid the Deep Sea Authority of Tanzania and the foreign vessels during the enforcement of the fishing pact.
The Japanese Tuna Co-operative Association president, Masahiro Ishikawa, agreed that there was need to take strategic measures to safeguard tuna fish in the EEZ.
Despite this agreement, Minister Magufuli said Tanzania will continue to co-operate with member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to conduct deep sea patrols.
The Japan-Tanzania fishing agreement is the first since the establishment in 2007 of the Deep Sea Fishing Authority to enhance management of the fisheries sector.
By David Justice