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European vessel fishing in Mauritanian waters. (Photo: Stock File)

More European trawlers will be able to fish in Mauritanian waters

EUROPEAN UNION
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 00:50 (GMT + 9)

Further six trawlers from the Community fleet will be allowed to operate in Mauritanian waters in the framework of the Partnership Agreement in the fishery sector between the European Community and Mauritania.

The decision was taken at the extraordinary Joint Committee held in  in Nouakchott, where it wasl also analysed the way in which the EU will support the Mauritanian fisheries sector and the MACAPEL investment project was discussed.

During the Committee, which took place on November 15 and 16, the Parties noted with satisfaction the progress made in implementing the sectoral support funds and agreed to earmark EUR 6 million to support infrastructure works in the artisanal fishing port of Tanit.

In addition, with scientific advice confirming the existence of a surplus and in accordance with the general principles of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, the Parties also agreed to introduce new fishing opportunities for up to 6 EU demersal freezer trawlers targeting black hake.

In exchange, the EU will pay EUR 2.5 million on top of the EUR 55 million already included in the Protocol.

Besides, Mauritania confirmed its interest in the MACAPEL project, a Mauritanian-Canary Island investment project aimed at transferring know-how and developing landing and processing infrastructure in the port of Nouadhibou.

The Parties agreed to continue discussions on the project and to decide on further steps depending on progress made regarding funding of the project.


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