Tanzania imports about 24,000 tonnes of fish per month worth $25 million, mostly from China, Vietnam and other states around the Indian Ocean. Research shows that Tanzania produces about 336,821 tonnes of fish per year, against a demand of 731,000 tonnes. The government has announced a plan a review the Fisheries Act and regulations governing the sector to pave way for a total ban on fish imports, claiming that this regulations will be put in place to safeguard local fisheries.
There are about 200,000 fishermen in the country but they lack technical expertise and management skill, insufficient financial resources and lack of tools to manage and control development processes. However, the ministry seeks to empower small-scale fishermen with proper training to increase their output and subsidize 40% of the total costs of purchasing modern fishing facilities. The government also plans to bring in companies to buy large fishing ships and establish fishing ports along the Indian Ocean coast.
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