Landings of fishery products down by 55% at the port of Essaouira

Landings of coastal and artisanal fishing products at the port of Essaouira fell by 55% during the first half of 2021 to stand at 4,336 tonnes (T), against 9,704 T at the same period of 2020. The market value of these products, on the other hand, increased by 33% to reach 81.967 million dirhams (MDH) at the end of June, against 61.632 MDH in the same period a year earlier, the Office specifies. National Fisheries (ONP) in its latest report on statistics relating to artisanal and coastal fishing in Morocco. The same source also reports a sharp drop of 75% in landings of pelagic fish during the period from January to June 2021 at the port of Essaouira to amount to 2,216 T, i.e. an estimated value of 8.966 MDH (-73 %). However, the report shows an increase of 7% to 376 T (12.562 MDH) in the catches of white fish at the end of June at the level of the port infrastructure of the Cité des Alizés. As for cephalopods, landings recorded a strong increase of 271% to 736 T (49.077 MDH), while those of crustaceans stood at 168 T (7.999 MDH). At the national level, landings of commercialized coastal and artisanal fishing products showed, in terms of value, an increase of 35% to nearly 4.5 billion dirhams (billion dirhams) during the first six months of the year. year 2021, according to the ONP. The weight of these landings stood at 530,970 tonnes (T), down 3% from the end of June 2020, the Office said.