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EU-Mauritania agreement: unviable?

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

EU-Mauritania agreement: unviable?

The new protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) between the EU and Mauritania, signed at the end of 2012, is unviable both technically and economically, as well as unprofitable, a letter by the European fisheries industry, Europeche, to the President of the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament points out.
The industry disagrees especially with the terms agreed for the shrimp, demersal-longliner, pelagic and cephalopod categories. Specifically,  asks for several changes, such as: a lowering of the licence fees for the vessels catching shrimps, an increase in bycatch rate of cephalopods of 15 per cent, as well as modification in the fishing zone. The new agreed zone is seen as insufficient by the EU fishermen, Europeche reports. Moreover, the group believes that Mauritania is unable to fish even 50 per cent of the potential stock caught by EU vessels in recent years.
This comes after, at the beginning of this year, a scientific committee was established - as part of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Protocol - with the purpose of researching upon and updating the status of all fish stocks- including cephalopods. The move aims to address the current situation in which the FPA excludes the European cephalopod fleet, due to a supposed too limited stock.
Source: Fish Info & Services (fis.com)