Despite lack of surplus, Spain insists on access to Mauritanian octopus

Scientific committee confirms there is no surplus of Mauritanian octopus. But Spain insists on access to that fishery.

Spain has managed to squeeze in a new point on the agenda at the Council meeting on Monday 22 April: the EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement. Under the agreement, European octopus vessels are excluded as long as there is no surplus of octopus.

Rosa Quintana, Galician minister of maritime affairs, told europapress.es that according to a scientific report there is now a surplus and that Spanish vessels could return to the fishery.

What the report actually says
Is that really true? We looked at what the scientific report from the 6th EU-Mauritania Joint Scientific Committee 2–5 April actually says. Section 3.1, which concerns octopus, concludes:

  • The evaluation confirms the situation of over-exploitation of the stock in 2012.
  • The scientific committee further confirms that ‘the Mauritanian fleets alone have the capacity to catch the production potential of this stock’ today.

> Download the report of the 6th EU-Mauritania Joint Scientific Committee

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