Small fisheries management in coastal Mozambique (SFMCM)

Small fisheries management in coastal Mozambique (SFMCM)

Small fisheries management in coastal Mozambique (SFMCM) 2000 1414 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Mozambique Oceanographic Institute (InOM) – Mozambique

Small-scale artisanal and semi-industrial fisheries comprise more than 90% of annual fish production in Mozambique. Two methods regularly used by small-scale fishers, beach seining and chicocota, are illegal because they negatively impact coastal ecosystems like coral reefs and seagrasses and over-exploit resources.

Marine resource protection is a priority for the Mozambican government, but enforcement of the bans and effective fisheries management is challenging. Thus, creative sustainable solutions are needed to replace harmful coastal fishing practices. This project by Mozambique Oceanographic Institute (InOM) will contribute to better management of small-scale fisheries and coastal ecosystems by reducing illegal and unsustainable fishing methods and providing alternative sources. This will be achieved by investigating alternative fishing methods, piloting these with communities in selected location, and investigating untapped mesopelagic fisheries resources as an alternative.

Start Date: 01/01/2025
End Date: 31/12/2029

Lead Contact: Jorge Mário Mafuca (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 3- Sustainable Blue Food, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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