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The Fisheries Industries

Tanzania is endowed with large marine and freshwater bodies making fisheries industry an important economic sector. The country shares some of the largest fresh water Lakes on planet Earth to include Lakes Victoria, Tanganyika and Nyasa/Malawi. Also it has a long coastline stretching for about 1,400 km long. Its 200‐mile Exclusive Economic Zone, declared in 1989, has vast resource of highly migratory species. The fisheries sector contributes about 3 percent to the GDP, employing over 200,000 fishers in primary industry and millions others in secondary or allied industries including fish processing and trade. Indeed, fisheries products are today one of the major sources of export revenue to the country and the mainstay of hundreds of communities in shore/coastal areas. And according to FAO statistics, Tanzania is among top ten producers of fish from freshwater capture fishery in the world.

Currently, the country is positioning itself to secure increased benefit from the growing regional and international fish markets triggered by declining capture fishery in many places, while demand for fish is increasing as a function of growing human population. The efforts being taken include; strengthening fisheries resource management regime, promotion of aquaculture sub‐sector, reduction of post‐harvest fish losses and enhancing accessibility to rewarding markets.

The role of FETA in this context is to build the human resources capacity of relevant institutions to meet the challenge of promoting capture fisheries and aquaculture industry.

 

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