Fishing: Difficulties to Value Marine Products

9 years, 6 months ago - July 24, 2012
While the Ministry of Fisheries multiplies the workshops, to encourage professionals to add value to their products, fishermen, meanwhile, face different challenges.

Those on their own will find it difficult to invest in infrastructure for the processing of fish and seafood "It is through associations or cooperatives that it is possible for fishermen to process their products, in order to provide value added. It should, moreover, a financial and technical support from the government, "says Karl Lamarque, president of the Association of professional fishermen and pleasure.

"It takes the raw material on which to add value," says our interlocutor. Karl Lamarque, refers to lower catches in Mauritian waters. At this, the representative of fishermen calls for better protection of the lagoon and the support of authorities in the purchase of equipment most suitable for deep sea fishing, including boats.

"There are also many foreign vessels in waters of Mauritius and it is a problem for local fishermen. You can not ask one side to the fishermen of Mauritius add value to their products and support while delivering, on the other hand, fishing licenses to foreigners. It's paradoxical, "says Karl Lamarque.

Competition at sea would not be the only difficulty that local fishermen will face in the event that they would transform themselves, their fish. Large companies are already well established in Mauritius in this market, and even with aggressive marketing, competitive prices and good quality, the fight promises already fierce.

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