The FAO comes to the rescue of the impoverished Cuban fishing activity

The FAO comes to the rescue of the impoverished Cuban fishing activity

HAVANA, June 5  Amid the serious systemic crisis of fishing in Cuba, 12 vessels of the state shrimp fleet and for the capture of finfish species,In addition to some 200 private fishermen who operate in the southeastern region of the Island, they will receive fishing gear and essential supplies for the trade, as part of a collaborative project developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) , reported the Prensa Latina agency.

This aid, part of the “Conpescas Guacanayabo” project, responds to the alliance between the FAO and the Fisheries Research Center of the Ministry of the Food Industry, with financial support of $1,300,000 from the Global Environment Fund.

The resources to be delivered include nets with different mesh openings, fishing lines, ropes, cables and hooks intended for the exploitation of the marine resources of the Gulf of Guacanayabo.

According to the FAO, the fleet in the southeastern region of the country is experiencing difficulties due to the impossibility of acquiring fishing gear, materials and replacement parts for equipment on the international market, which has negatively influenced the conservation of the marine biodiversity.

This would be, according to the Government, one of the fundamental causes of the lack of fish on Cubans’ tables, although exports do continue.

Among the ongoing work, highlighted by the FAO representation in Cuba, are those aimed at the conservation and pertinent use of marine resources in three municipalities of the southeastern shelf: Amancio Rodríguez, in Las Tunas; Manzanillo, in Granma, and Santa Cruz del Sur, in Camagüey.

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Likewise, the project defends the gradual recovery of natural populations in the area, to achieve sustainable production levels without negative effects on the environment.

In June 2023, the Vice Minister of the Food Industry, Mydalis Naranjo Blanco, said on the radio and television program Mesa Redonda that the seas surrounding the Island do not have enough fish for the consumption of Cubans.

However, just over a week later, the Government announced the export of 94 tons of pink shrimp captured in the Caribbean Sea, in an area that includes the Gulf of Guacanayabo.

Furthermore, through the Trading Economics site and the United Nations Comtrade database, representative of more than 99% of global merchandise trade, that, contrary to what official officials say, there is fishing production in Cuba. But not for the inhabitants of the Island.

According to official Canadian figures, that country imported products from Cuban seas worth 9.44 million dollars in 2022 alone, below the 11 million in 2021 and almost 12 million in 2019.

In October 2023, the then Minister of the Food Industry, Manuel Sobrino Martínez, recognized the debacle of fishing activity on the Island, stating that more than 60 boats were out of service and that that year, as actually happened, it would become to fail to comply with the fishing plan.

Regarding this disaster, economist Pedro Monreal explained that the regime’s investment in the fishing industry is negligible, which is why “currently fishing is far from being an important source of animal protein in Cuba.”