(Togo First) – In 2018 and 2019, Togo’s fish output exceeded 37,000 tons (37,102 tons), according to data from the Fishery and Aquaculture Directorate (DPA) relayed by the official portal of the Togolese Republic.
Most of the production came from the fish port of Lomé. In 2018, the infrastructure produced 95% (17,260 t) of the total output the DPA reported that year. The following year, it produced 17,534 t of fishes, thus 92% of the total volume reported (18,960 t) at the national level.
The rest of the country’s fish production came from Kodjoviakopé (Togo-Ghana border), Payédémé (Togo-Benin), and the Nangbéto Lake.
Compared to the two years before where the average fish production per annum was 20,000 t, output in 2018-2019 was down.
The decrease is mainly due to the overexploitation of fish banks and strong competition among fishermen of neighboring countries; a situation that led authorities to introduce new reforms to reinforce the sector, and boost domestic fish production. Some of these reforms include the systematic introduction of biological rest or the launch of the fisheries management plan.
Let it be recalled that in Togo, more than 20,000 people work in the fishery sector which contributes nearly 4.5% of the country’s GDP.