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Moroccan Fishery Output Up 33 Per Cent

MOROCCO - In September 2012, Morocco produced 801,500 tonnes of fish from coastal artisan fleets, generating $443 million. This was an increase in profits of three percent from the same time last year.

Coastal artisan fishing in September saw a 33 per cent increase from the same month of last year, according to the National Department of Fisheries.

There was a significant increase, in value and volume of sardines, mackerel, anchovies and tuna. There was also an increase in fishing of urchins, whitefish, and crustaceans, reports Brazil-ArabNewsAgency.

There was, however, a decline in production of shellfish, cephalopods (octopuses and squids) and algae.

Regarding fishing areas, production on the Moroccan Atlantic Coast was up 36 per cent in quantity and six per cent in value. With a turnover of 3.57 billion dirham ($416.4 million), the Atlantic Coast accounted for the bulk of fishing activity in the country.

In the Mediterranean, volume was down 10 per cent and revenues were down 21 per cent, to a total of 236.5 million dirham ($27.6 million) last month.

Morocco shipped the equivalent of $11.6 million to Brazil from January to August, up 56 per cent from the same period of last year, according to the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. Sardine is the main fish exported from Morocco to Brazil.

Lucy Towers

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