The European Commission has not yet communicated if or how to prolong the EU Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with Morocco.
The current FPA with Morocco ends 27 February 2011 and has been much debated. As previously reported on CFP-reformwatch, Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs of the United Nations, has said that “It´s ‘crystal clear’ that Morocco does not have the right to exploit western Saharan natural resources.”
Last week Western Sahara Resource Watch reported that Saharawi fishermen had been protesting several days in the harbour of Boujdour, demanding the right to fish in their own waters. The Moroccan police claim that the Saharawi fishermen lack the necessary licenses to fish. But the Saharawi fishermen riposte that only Moroccan settlers receive these licenses granted by the Moroccan authorities.