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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Lack of EU vessels in Mauritanian waters prompts concern

Given the current deadlock in negotiations with Mauritania, the Polish delegation briefed the Council on the consequences of the suspension of fishing by EU vessels in Mauritanian waters. The Polish request to the Commission for action was supported by several members states, as this partnership agreement is considered to be of high importance for the EU fishing fleet.
According to the Press service of the Council of the EU, fishing vessels from six member states (Poland, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom and Germany) have been severely affected by the decision  to suspend fishing in Mauritanian waters from last month.
The closure affects freezer trawlers under the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Mauritania, which fish mainly for pelagic species such as sardine, sardinella and mackerel. This decision as taken to prevent overfishing.

Source: Council of the EU