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Tuesday, 07 June 2016

Mauritania fisheries deal receives mixed response

The European Union has renewed a four year fishing agreement with Mauritania that will allow over 100 EU vessels into Mauritania’s waters in return for funding that will support local fishing communities. But the deal has its critics. The agreement, which was greenlit by the European Parliament, is an avenue for the member states to bolster a burgeoning domestic demand for fish that the bloc is unable to satisfy. Since 2009, EU imports of fish stock for local consumption have risen by 6% each year. In 2014 alone, the bloc imported €21 billion, quadruple that of meat imports. The agreement, which dates back to 1987, is considered crucial because it is the most comprehensive the EU has had with any African country and belongs to the sustainable fisheries partnership agreements (SFPAs) that gives EU vessels access to third countries fishing waters. The new deal will come under the umbrella of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, which has committed the bloc to more sustainable fishing, in stark contrast to the overfishing of the African coast that was undertaken in the past.

Source: euractiv.com