The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Carmen do Sacramento Neto, defended today, in Luanda, the need for more union of sea users, in favor of the rational and sustainable use of the oceans, with a view to the protection of marine resources.
In an interview with Angola Press Agency (ANGOP), on the subject of World Sea Day, celebrated annually in the last week of September, the Fisheries director highlighted the awareness and environmental education of citizens, in general, and maritime operators, in particular, as crucial factors in achieving healthy and productive oceans.
Therefore, the minister calls for strict compliance with the rules on the correct use of maritime space, aiming at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), defined by the United Nations, which prioritize the use of the seas and marine resources in a rational and preventive way. .
To this end, he continued, users must prevent and reduce any type of marine pollution, to ensure the quality of life of current and future generations, who essentially rely on the sea as a source of livelihood and income for families.
“The sea contributes significantly to the quality of life of citizens, as it is the source of food for thousands of people. For this reason, it is necessary that each user fulfills their responsibility at the local level, using environmentally friendly practices”, she warned.
As for the fishing activity in the country, Carmen do Sacramento Neto made it known that the sector is in the restructuring phase, with its own legislation to regulate and supervise the actions of operators.
For the five-year period 2022/2027, the minister assured that the sector will work to bring the supply of fishing resources closer to market demand, taking into account the existing potential of the extensive Angolan maritime coast.
In addition, the official pointed out the acceleration of the salt industry and aquaculture activity, as well as the bet on the blue economy as other challenges of the Fisheries sector, in the next five years.
With an extension of about 1,650 kilometers of coastline, located in the Atlantic Ocean, Angola records an annual catch that varies between 300,000 to 400,000 tons of diverse fish, while the country’s needs are around 500,000 tons/year.
Celebrated in the last week of September each year, World Sea Day serves to remember the need to protect the oceans and all species of animals, plants and organisms that make up marine ecosystems.
For this year, the countries reflect around the theme “New technologies for a greener navigation”, focusing on the importance of safety and protection of maritime navigation and protection of the marine environment.