Progress on EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol

31 Jul 2014

EU vessels fishing shrimps and small pelagics in Mauritanian waters in the framework of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol will be able to continue to do so until 15 December 2014.

This is part of the compromise which EU negotiators found Wednesday night in Nouakchott, after Mauritanian authorities had upheld the position that all EU vessels would have to leave Mauritanian waters as of 1 August 2014.

According to the agreement found, Mauritania has accepted EU fishing activities for a period of 24 months as part of the bilateral Fisheries Protocol – meaning that the shrimps and small pelagic fisheries (which started in January 2013) can continue, but those EU vessels which have been fishing tuna and demersals since August 2012 during a transitional period will need to leave Mauritanian waters today.

The EU and Mauritania have also agreed to continue the discussions for a renewed Fisheries Protocol to allow the full EU fleet to resume its activities soon.

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