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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Spain: Against the ratification of fisheries agreement with Mauritania

Spain was to use "persuasion" for the European Parliament (EP) not to ratify – during its full plenary taking which took place in Strasbourg between 9-11 September - the fisheries agreement with MauritaniaFish Information & Services informed on 9 September.
Spanish MEPs are reported to believe that the current state of the agreement disadvantages the Spanish government.
The current agreement excluded the Galician cephalopod fleet from Mauritanian fishery a few months ago. Echoing the claims of Galicia, Spain defends the possibility of capturing cephalopods and returning to Mauritanian fishing grounds.
Some improvements to the terms of the agreement were achieved in the renegotiation of the pact on issues related to the fishing grounds, charges and the possibility of capturing some species such as hake. However, Spain considers that "there are still things to negotiate."
On 29 May, the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament voted to reject the new European Union-Mauritania protocol to the fishing agreement. The grounds for rejection were that the new clauses regarding licensing for European fleets to fish in Mauritanian waters would be neither profitable nor to the benefit of either party.

Source: Fish Information & Services