European Parliament approves EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement

The European Parliament today, 8 October, approved the new EU-Mauritania fisheries agreement.

The parliament endorsed the fisheries agreement with 467 votes in favour, 154 against, and 28 abstentions.

Under the agreement, EU vessels does not get any quota for Octopus. This is why several Spanish MEPs, including the rapporteur Gabriel Mato, argued against the agreement. Those in favour of the agreement argued that it is more sustainable than the previous one, not least because the Octopus is reserved for the Mauritanian fleet.

Under the protocol approved today, EU fishing vessels are allowed to catch various species of fish and shellfish in Mauritanian waters in exchange for an EU payment of €70 million a year, of which €3 million is development aid for the local fisheries sector. Seven EU countries use the protocol at present. The agreement is the biggest of the EU’s fisheries agreements in terms of the volume and variety of fisheries products as well as the financial contribution.

More information
The protocol of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement EU/Mauritania, initialled in Nouakchott on 26 July 2012 (period 2012-2014)
European Parliament press release
Watch the video from the debate in plenary

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