By Felix Andrew
THE Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar for the first has introduced a levy that would be charged to foreign ship intend to conduct its activities in deep sea fishing.
Speaking during an event to mark climax on Nane Nane exhibition, in Lindi Region, the Isles Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Hamad Rashid Mohammed, said the government has introduced a 0.4 percent levy to be charged to foreign investors who harvest e fish in deep sea.
“We will charge the said levy to all foreigners who will collect tuna fish and other related fish product from deep sea, he explained”, he said.
Mohammed noted that locals intending to conduct deep sea fishing are not entitled to pay the new levy.
“I encourage my fellow Tanzanians intending to engage in deep sea fishing to get a licence and start doing their activities in the sea without paying aby levy,” he said.
However, he revealed that such levy will become effective after six months from now since they intend to educate foreigners about it.
“We have provide a six months grace period for foreigners intending to do deep sea fishing, they have to get prepared to pay new levy,” he stressed.
He also said in a move aimed to control cheating in deep sea, they have reviewed statutory licensing regulations and established Zanzibar Fishing Company (ZAFICO) and provide them with two patrol ships.
According to him Deep Sea Fishing Authority has the opportunity to increase revenue and jobs for Tanzanians if it reviews the licensing regulations in collaboration with other agencies.
Experts say Tanzania has been losing a lot in deep sea fishing just because of not 'thinking out of the box' to the advantage of foreign companies, including questionable use of Tanzania flags by foreign ships -- yet many Tanzanian seamen are denied employment in the ships.