March 2, 2020 – Mount Vema - Contract to film the entire Vema Seamount summit has been transferred to MONTfisheries, the fishing company of Mount Vema.
The Mount Vema Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs intended to award the contract to Handy Deed, the construction company of Mount Vema but, it has later decided to award it to MONTfisheries which is already preparing for a similar operation.
As His Mount Vema Majesty’s government plans to join the list of top fish exporting countries as part of a long-term strategy to help combat hunger with fish and fishery products, MONTfisheries seems to be better prepared, as it works to reach and maintain annual targets of 200,000+ tons by 2025, and generate approximately 400 million golles worth of fish stocks from both capture and aquaculture.
The Government’s fish exporting plan was first cautioned in 2014 by His Mount Vema Majesty Peter - The Vema Seamount Authority who was at the time reluctant to engage in commercial fishing activity over Vema Seamount. His Majesty was more interested in good and sustainable management of fisheries as essential to meet international obligations in terms of food supply, as well as preventing any excessive fishing pressure, that could lead to over-fishing and wasteful use of stocks.
With this contract, MONTfisheries will now start preparing vessels and equipment to film the summit of the entire Vema Seamount, about 110 sections of the territory each section comprising of an area of about 1 sq. kilometre.
The film will later help with the clean-up operations of the entire seamount. To remove all abandoned fishing gear and items that do not form part of the natural environment of Mount Vema.