Tanzania moves to improve management of deep sea fishing

Friday May 22 2020


Fishermen manoeuvre to dock their boats on Lake Tanganyika. PHOTO | FEDERICO SCOPPA | AFP 


Tanzania on Wednesday tabled in parliament a new bill designed to improve management and development of deep sea fishing in the country's jurisdiction of the Indian Ocean waters.

Luhaga Mpina, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, tabled the Deep Sea Fisheries Management and Development Act of 2020 for the second reading.

He told the House in the capital Dodoma that the new bill that will repeal the Deep Sea Fishing Authority Act of 1988 and its 2017 amendments is designed to improve the administration of the Deep Sea Fishing Authority and fisheries conservation.

Mpina said the new law that will also be applied in the Zanzibar archipelago is aimed at introducing conservation and management measures of fisheries.

The measures included fisheries research in the exclusive economic zone, and implementation of regional conservation and management measures.

The minister said the new law will also provide for prohibitions on the use of fishing vessels for transnational organized crime in Tanzania.


Mpina said introduction of the new law will go in tandem with the revamping of the Tanzania Fishing Corporation in Tanzania's mainland and the Zanzibar Fisheries Company to enable the two fishing firms to revive the fisheries sector.