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Monday, 07 October 2013

Spanish fisheries sector’s divided opinions on EU-Mauritania agreement rejection

Most members of the Spanish fishing industry – tuna, longliner, hake and shellfish sectors – refuse the national government's decision to request the non-ratification of the fishing agreement signed between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania while the cephalopod industry has welcomed this position. The Secretary General of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Carlos Dominguez , announced the position of the government last Thursday.
The biggest part of the sector does not understand the Spanish government’s position because its members consider that improvements were obtained during the latest Joint Committee meeting of EU-Mauritania. Although they recognized that it is not the best of the deals, they support the ratification of the agreement for lacking better alternatives, Fish Info & Services reports.
In contrast, the cephalopod fleet welcomed the Spanish position and insisted that the agreement is unfair, unhelpful and expensive. It refuses to accept a fishing agreement which costs EUR 70 million and forces the scrapping of 32 community cephalopod vessels without an objective that justifies it. They call for the negotiation of a new one that is “fair, balanced and beneficial to all the parties.”
Beyond their different opinions, the fishing associations have agreed that in the next deals the negotiations should take into account the needs of all the segments of the fleet.

Source: Fish Info & Services