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Thursday, 24 May 2012

Towards more sustainable EU fishing in Mozambican waters

This week, MEPs voted for a new deal with Mozambique that makes more sustainable fishing and better controls possible.  75 EU vessels from  Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and the UK licensed to fish in the waters of the African country will have to employ local fishermen.
According to the press service of the European Parliament, in recent years, total catches by EU vessels in Mozambique's waters have not attained the levels assigned to them. The reduces the reference tonnage from 10,000 to 8,000 tonnes per year, but allows the ceiling to be raised if necessary. Accordingly, the number of EU vessels allowed to fish in these waters will be reduced from 89 to 75: 43 tuna seiners and 32 surface long-liners. Under the deal the EU will pay Mozambique €980,000 per year: €520,000 for access to its waters and €460,000 to develop its fisheries policy.
The resolution, which has been drafted by the MEPs Dolores García-Hierro Caraballo (S&D, ES) and which has been approved by a large majority, re-emphasises Parliament's call to be more extensively involved in its monitoring and enforcement. The deal, which has applied provisionally since 1 February 2012, will remain in force until 31 January 2015.

Source: European Parliament