A family that decides to camp as a form of protest, a truck driver who blocks his truck in the middle of the road, arbitrary closures? The cuts on the border between Mauritania and Morocco are becoming a constant that damage transport by the only road that connects the two countries, which is also surrounded by mines in some points due to the wars that both countries maintained in the past.
In this context, fresh fish captured by eleven Galician boats (from Marín and Ribeira) sold in Cádiz or Vigo suffer long waits under the desert sun, which causes delays or the loss of entire trips. Similarly, all the material sent for the correct operation of the fleet has great difficulties to reach Nouadhibou (Mauritanian port city). "We do not know if the border cuts will last for hours or days, the situation has become unsustainable," critics say.
Currently, there are lines of more than 15 kilometers because a truck driver has protested putting his vehicle through. According to the little information that comes from the area, he does so as a protest for a fine imposed on him by Morocco, and he has been there for about a week. The transit is paralyzed in both directions and the longliners and trawlers affected have proposed an alternative solution: use the port of Dakhla (in Western Sahara) to unload the fish and receive the supplies to avoid the passage of trucks across the border. At least one ship has already lost its burden due to long waits.
Author: Adrián Amoedo Editor of FARO DE VIGO | Read the full article here (Spanish)