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Wednesday, 06 November 2013

Galicia criticizes fisheries agreement with Mauritania

The Xunta de Galicia expressed negative consideration of the approval of the fisheries agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania in the European Parliament (EP). The Galician Government argues that cutting off the cephalopod fleet activity and will have negative impact on the Galician economy and the life of the workers and their families. In addition, Galician authorities had stated that it was too costly for the yield obtained.
On several occasions The Galician Government tried to prevent the pact between the EU and Mauritania from being ratified.
Shortly before the vote was cast at the European Parliament, the Minister for Rural and Marine Affairs of Galicia, Rosa Quintana, met with Fisheries Secretary General Magrama, Carlos Dominguez, and industry representatives from all fishing modes and autonomous communities to discuss common goals that would benefit all Spanish vessels.
Spanish officials also met with members of the European Parliament of Spain members to explain why the bilateral fisheries agreement should not be ratified but they failed to convince the Parliament.
Now Galician authority expects that the EU will take into account the cephalopod vessels as negotiations on the new agreement re-starts with Mauritania. It had also called for new common goals to be established, as well as fishing grounds for the fleet.

Source: International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)