Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Rashid Tamatamah said when speaking to the media in Dar es Salaam recently on the benefits of the World Bank-funded project.
He said the six-year project has also benefitted fishermen along the Indian Ocean, seaweed farmers and processors of fishing products including women and the surrounding communities.
“The main goal of the project is to strengthen the management fishing activities at the community, national and international level as well as to empower the country manage its fishing resources,” said Dr Tamatamah.
He said since the project came to the country in June 2015, illegal fishing activities including dynamite fishing has been 100 per cent controlled due to enhancement of patrols and awareness among the fishing communities.
He also said the registration op fishing vessels has increased to 58 per cent from 25 the earlier per cent due to enforcement of fishing regulations.
He said the project also enabled the conduct of various researches whose findings have been used to rectify some of fishing regulations that in turn has enhanced the volume of catches in many areas
“Other achievements from the SWIOFish Project include the increase of income from fishing activities especially in the local councils, whereas in regard to Pangani District Council income increased from 55m/- in FY 2016/17 to 235m/- in FY 2018/19,” explained Dr Tamatamah.
He also told reporters that SWIOFish Project has also strengthened the fishing sector by sponsoring training seminars on sustainable fishing that has helped some fishermen to voluntary manage and protect sea resources.
He further said the project saw the establishment of 50 Beach Management Units (BMUs) in five demonstration districts that enhanced the protection of the environment.
He said the project has also has facilitated for the construction of research laboratory at Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) in Dar es Salaam, construction of three Marine Parks and Reserves Units (MPRU) staff quarters at Kigombe in Tanga in Muheza District, and five offices in Pangani, Chalinze, Bagamoyo and Lindi Rural districts.