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Progress Made on EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership

Lucy Towers
22 November 2016, at 12:00am

EU - An extraordinary Joint Committee, held at the initiative of the EU, took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 15-16 November in the framework of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Mauritania.

The Parties reviewed the implementation of EU support for the Mauritanian fisheries sector, introduced new fishing opportunities for EU trawlers, and discussed the MACAPEL investment project.

The Parties noted with satisfaction the progress made in implementing the sectoral support funds and agreed to earmark six million euros to support infrastructure works in the artisanal fishing port of Tanit.

With scientific advice confirming the existence of a surplus and in accordance with the general principles of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, the Parties also agreed to introduce new fishing opportunities for up to six EU demersal freezer trawlers targeting black hake.

In exchange, the EU will pay €2.5 million on top of the €55 million already included in the Protocol.

Mauritania confirmed its interest in the MACAPEL project, a Mauritanian-Canary Island investment project aimed at transferring know-how and developing landing and processing infrastructure in the port of Nouadhibou.

The Parties agreed to continue discussions on the project and to decide on further steps depending on progress made regarding funding of the project.