JOHANNESBURG – Tanzania is taking steps to boost its local fisheries by banning fish imports, especially from China and Vietnam, according to a report on Tuesday.
The decision followed the government’s plan to review the Fisheries Act which regulates the fishing sector, the East African reported.
Luhaga Mpina, the Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, confirmed that regulations will be put in place to safeguard local fisheries.
“We are looking to protect Tanzania’s marine resources through proper arrangements for commercial fishing, to make it beneficial to those in the business,” said Mpina.
Tanzania produces about 336,821 tonnes of fish per year and has a local demand of 731,000 tonnes. Most of the local fishing takes place in the Indian Ocean, Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Nyasa.