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Friday, 29 September 2017

EU and Mauritania negotiate fisheries agreement in Brussels

Europeans and Mauritanians have today begun a joint commission in Brussels to evaluate the agreement. It is the most important bilateral fisheries agreement for the European Union (EU) from the economic point of view. The Spanish fleet calls for improvements in access to the waters of the North African country. Representatives from the EU and Mauritania will meet until Friday to discuss the fisheries agreement, which proves interesting to the Spanish fleet. The agreement with the African country is the main EU protocol from the economic point of view. It offers licenses for about 56 Spanish ships and concerns the fleet of Andalusia, Galicia and the Canary Islands. In return, the EU pays EUR 57.5 million per year to Mauritania. Representatives of the Spanish shipowners (grouped in Cepesca) and community members (EuropĂȘche) have presented petitions to Brussels for tomorrow's meeting in order to improve their activity in the Mauritanian fishing ground. On the one hand, the vessels of Ribeira (A Coruña) have demanded a reduction in the payment paid by shipowners for operating in the waters of that country, changes in licenses, the possibility of landing fish oils - now not allowed - and related modifications during the time when ships can operate there. The fleets of freezer trawlers in Huelva and the Canary Islands have also claimed improvements.

Source: www.fis.com