Maghreb Arab Press

New Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreements Initialled in Rabat

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A new fisheries agreement between Morocco and the European Union (EU) was initialled Tuesday in Rabat following negotiations that started a few months ago.
New Morocco-EU Fisheries Agreements Initialled in Rabat
24 July 2018

The two sides agreed on the content of the new sustainable fisheries agreement and its implementation protocol, the ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters and Forests announced in a release.

This text specifies the fishing zones and access conditions for European vessels.

The level of compulsory landings and fishing categories remain unchanged compared to the former agreement, while the number of vessels concerned by the new agreement would reach 128, the statement said.

This agreement will also increase the financial envelope for Morocco from 40 million Euros a year to 52.2 million Euros (+ 30%), it added.

The two sides also agreed on the implementation of improvement measures to increase benefits for the local populations in the concerned areas, the source pointed out, adding that these populations will benefit from the socio-economic advantages of the agreement, including in terms of infrastructure, basic social services, enterprise creation, vocational training, development projects and modernization of the fishing sector.

The number of Moroccan sailors aboard European fishing vessels will also increase, the source said. 

To increase the socio-economic impacts on these regions, the agreement maintains a compulsory landing volume with an increase of penalties to 15% instead of 5% in case of non-compliance with these landings requirements.

According to the same source, several technical requirements have been included in the new agreement in order to preserve the sustainability of fisheries resources and protect the marine environment, such as a review of catches of small pelagics in the south.

In order to preserve some species, octopus and shrimps are not included in the agreement, which covers the geographical area from Cape Spartel to Cape Blanc while excluding the Mediterranean Sea in order to preserve its resources which are overexploited.

The fisheries monitoring and control system was also strengthened by making the presence of observers compulsory for some categories that were not provided for in the former agreement, the statement said.

Last modified : 24 July 2018

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