MIFCO limits purchase to 5-ton fish per vessel at south over freezing capacity constraints

Local fishermen carry their day's catch to the fish market for sale. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company Limited (MIFCO) has announced its decision to limit the purchase of fish at its southern centers over freezing capacity constraints.

In this regard, MIFCO has only been purchasing 5-ton fish from each vessel at its southern centers starting from Wednesday.

Underscoring that a high fishing season was being currently experienced in the south – MIFCO said that temporary control is being placed as fishing vessels in southern atolls are catching large quantities of fish every day which the company lacks freezing capacity to accommodate.

Stressing their freezing capacity at southern centers to be 420-ton per day – MIFCO said that their daily totals from the area have climbed up to 600-ton to 700-ton per day.

They detailed that vessels at the south are catching 12-ton fish on a daily basis in an average – with some larger vessels catching as much as 25-ton to 60-ton per day.

MIFCO noted that even though a purchase control is now in effect – all vessels that have currently been issued a queue number will be able to sell their catch without being subject to this.

MIFCO’s fish purchasing operations in the south are carried out at Kooddoo Fisheries Complex and Addu Fisheries Complex.