Macau (MNA) – The Marine and Water Bureau (DSAMA) told Macau News Agency (MNA) that it will grant some MOP450,000 in support for local fishermen to provide leisure boat tours during the fishing moratorium period this year.
The Bureau claims that in order to promote and deepen the traditional fishing culture of the city it has supported the Macau Fisherman’s Mutual Help Association to organise an initiative named ‘Fun Fishing Boat Cruise.’
Last year, the activity took place between June 3 and July 10, employing two boats – built in Macau but registered in Hong Kong – used for shrimp fishing.
DSAMA announced that a total of some 66 sailings will be provided this year, again by two fishing vessels, with 30 fishermen involved in the activity and with ticket prices for the tours set at MOP40 – a MOP10 increase from last year.
The department also informed MNA that there are currently 130 fishing vessels registered in Macau, but that it couldn’t provide an exact number of fishing workers since it is not mandatory for them to register with authorities as such.
Since last year, the fishing moratorium period for the South China region has been expanded, starting now from May 1 and lasting until August 16.
During this period, Macau authorities also offer local fisherman the possibility to apply for a professional training scheme for which they can touch an individual grant of up to MOP9,500 to be uses on a course of their choosing.
On a parallel maritime project, the Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) said last week that it has not yet decided the location in the Macau Peninsula for the construction of a planned port for recreational sea tours to be operated by Shun Tak Holdings Limited.
[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]