- 07 November, 2016: The octopus yield for the year 2016, after the implementation of the octopus fishing closure pilot project, has tripled compared to that of the previous year, in which 453 kg was recorded.
This announcement was made on 4 November 2016 by the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, Mr Premdut Koonjoo, during a press conference in Port Louis on the outcome of the project of closure of octopus fishing from 15 August to 15 October 2016.
Mr Konjoo termed this project a success after nearly two tonnes of octopus were fished in only one week, from 13 fisheries posts, after the two months’ closure. The region with the largest catch recorded is Bambous Virieux with 385 kg. In fishing regions such as Mahebourg, Case Noyale and Grand Riviere Sud Est, 280 kg, 240 kg and 201 kg of fish were caught respectively.
There was even a case of a fisherman who caught an octopus weighing around 6 kg at Bambous Virieux during a competition organised, after the two months’ closure, by the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands in collaboration with the UNDP, NNS and various NGOs. The winner received a cash prize of RS 10, 000. An octopus weighing around 9 kg was caught at La Preneuse after the competition.
The project will be maintained next year during the same period of time but in different areas. The average weight of octopus will also be compared.
This project comes after the success of a similar one in Rodrigues. It is estimated that the quantity of octopus that may be caught in 2017 will exceed 50 tonnes compared to 2014 and 2015 during which a catch of 29 tonnes and 34 tonnes was recorded respectively.
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