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Closure of the Mauritania pelagic fishery

01 May 2012

The European Commission has decided to close the pelagic fishery to EU vessels in the waters of Mauritania, as the annual EU quota set at 252,654 tonnes is nearly exhausted.

The closure concerns pelagic freezer trawlers under the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Mauritania fishing mainly for pelagic species such as sardine, sardinella and mackerel.

The concerned Member States (Netherlands, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, United Kingdom and Germany) have been informed of this decision, which became effective early on 24 April 2012. The catches by EU vessels have been closely monitored since 1 April, to prevent overfishing. The Member States have been kept regularly informed of the quota evolution.

The fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Mauritania covers the period 1 August 2006 to 31 July 2012, with a financial contribution fixed at €86m for the first year, out of which €11m was dedicated to the support of the fisheries policy of Mauritania.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels from 12 EU countries to fish in Mauritanian waters.