On October 3, 2014, following a meeting with the Minister of Fisheries and Animal Industries, Dr. Taïga, the United States Ambassador to Cameroon, Michaël Hoza, announced that his country wished to assist the Cameroonian government in order to help the country bear its deficit in fish production which has led to an explosion in fish importation over the years.
“We have a longstanding collaboration with Cameroon and a solid partnership in the area of fisheries. Currently, we are exploring the ways in which we can build the partnership, both in terms of responsible fishing in Cameroon’s waters as well as in aquaculture,” stated the American diplomat.
National fish production is currently around 170,000 tonnes, of which only 1,000 tonnes come from aquaculture compared to an annual demand officially estimated at 400,000 tonnes. Cameroon spends over 100 billion FCFA each year to fill this demand using massive importation.