Togo: Fishing output surges 30% in 2020-2023

Thursday, 08 February 2024 17:41
Togo: Fishing output surges 30% in 2020-2023

(Togo First) - Togo recorded a fish output of 24,229 t in 2023. This is 30% more than in 2020 –18,658 t. The figure was disclosed by the Ministry of Fishing and Maritime Economy.

Last year, 15,700 t of fish were caught using artisanal means, against 11,711 t in 2020 (+34%), and 128 t through maritime trawling (against 85 t in 2020).

Meanwhile, inland fishing production rose from 6,132 tonnes to 6,734 in 2023 over the period reviewed. Similarly, fish farming produced 1,568 t in 2023, compared to 730 t in  2020.

The government, through several actions and projects, contributed to the improvements. For example, they set up a new fishing port in Lomé and launched, in 2022, the Aquaculture Development Project (PDAT). 

The government also increased its budget for fishing and aquaculture, from CFA1.1 billion in 2023 to CFA2 billion in 2024.

Fishing contributes nearly 4.5% of Togo’s GDP, according to the Ministry of Economy’s latest data. The sector employs over 2,000 people. 

Esaïe Edoh 

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