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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Mauritania-EU: Spain considers it a 'bittersweet' fisheries deal

The Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA) has pronounced their "bittersweet" feelings following the conclusion of the new fisheries protocol agreed between the European Union (EU) and the Government of Mauritania. It will last four years and allows over 50 Spanish fishing vessels to continue fishing in Mauritanian waters. CEPESCA welcomes the parts of the new protocol that incorporates technical improvements (e.g. all year round fishing for shell fish; increase hake fish quotas; access to abundant tuna resources), but recognises that a number of issues that Spanish fisheries industry had lobbied/petitioned on were not brought into the new deal: shellfish capture; trawlers and longliners targeting demersal species; exclusion of cephalopod fleet and denial of octopus surplus catch; rejection of a new category for freezer trawling for demersal species. The financial fee was reduced to € 55 million annually (from € 67 million) and an annual aid package of €4 million was agreed to.

Source: fis.com