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Monday, 28 October 2013

EU-Mauritania agreement for sustainable fishing

A large amount of European Parliamentarians recently endorsed the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA). This protocol supports sustainable fishing in Mauritania, and specifically protects the interests of over 30 000 fishermen’s livelihood: the fishing of octopus. This sustainability protects the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Mauritania from European Union (EU) interests.
Beatirce Gorez, Coordinator of Coalition Fair Fisheries Agreement (CFFA), notes that while the agreement is not perfect it is a step toward building sustainable relations between the fisheries of the EU and of third nations. Sidi Ahmed, President of  the Confederation of African Artisanal Fishermen Organisations (CAOPA) also appreciated the  “historic decision to grant the exclusivity of access to cephalopods (octopus) to the national fishing sector, particularly small-scale and coastal fisheries.”
Gorez emphasised that though the two year EU-Mauritania FPA protocol was voted on last week, it had been signed in August 2012, approved by Council in December 2012, and provisionally implemented since. This, she notes implies that the negotiations for the next EU-Mauritania FPA will start in a few months.

Source: American Daily Herald