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Seychelles Should Focus More On Fisheries Sector, New Minister Says

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Seychelles should focus more on a sector it has control over — fisheries — to sustain its economy in view of the current dire economic situation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister for fisheries said Thursday.

Jean-Francois Ferrari spoke after his familiarisation visit at the Providence artisanal fisheries facilities, which was financed by the government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“My first reaction is that I have discovered a fantastic place. It is an extraordinary facility. I need to thank the government of Japan for assisting with the construction of the facility. Most of the infrastructures are working perfectly fine,” he said.

Ferrari said there were not many complaints from the fishermen he encountered and everyone is excited to push the fisheries industry forward.

Fisheries is the second top contributor, after tourism, to the economy of Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

The development of the artisanal fisheries facilities which was done in two phases cost approximately $10 million and includes the expansion of 216 metres of quay, ten mooring buoys, a landing shed and a 10-tonne ice-making facility.

The second phase was needed due to the increasing catch by artisanal and semi-industrial fishermen, who had no access to an ice plant, ice storage warehouse and other fishing facilities.

While foreign-owned vessels have long dominated the industrial longline fishing sector in Seychelles, the local fishermen are mainly involved in artisanal and semi-industrial longline fishing.