Fish output was up 18% at Lomé’s artisanal port in 2021, y/y

Thursday, 13 January 2022 16:57
Fish output was up 18% at Lomé’s artisanal port in 2021, y/y

(Togo First) - The Artisanal fishing port of Lomé (POPEL) caught over 4,000 tons of fish in 2021, up around 18% from 3,450 t in 2020. The figure was recently disclosed by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Fisheries.

"The growth can be explained by the attractiveness of the new port, inaugurated in 2019, which offers a modern framework to the actors of the fishery," said the Minister in charge, Edem Kokou Tengue.

In detail, the port recorded its biggest catches in July (511 tons), November (465), and June (430), while March and February recorded the lowest numbers, 166 and 191 tons respectively. 

The POPEL was built two years ago, in Gbetsogbe-Baguida, an industrial zone. The infrastructure which was established to boost fishing in the country can host up to 300 pirogues and employ 8,000 people including fishermen, processors, and fishmongers. 

In Togo, over 20,000 people work in the fishing industry and the latter contributes nearly 4.5% of GDP, according to the latest data available.

To contact us: c o n t a c t [@] t o g o f i r s t . c o m

Please publish modules in offcanvas position.