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Protocol to the EU/Mauritius Fisheries Agreement Approved

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SPAIN - The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has assessed "positively" the decision of the European Parliament to give final approval to the Application Protocol to the Fisheries Agreement between the EU and Mauritius.

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The ratification of the Protocol means the launch of a new fisheries agreement, helping to bolster the network of agreements the EU has signed with third countries in this region.

Longline fleets and Spanish tuna fishing have been developing in the waters of this country for several years, under the mechanism of private licenses negotiated directly with the government of Mauritius.

This first protocol, which is valid for three years, including fishing opportunities for 22 Spanish tuna seiners, and 12 surface longliners ensures the Spanish fleet more than half of the fishing opportunities allocated to the Protocol.

The General Secretariat of Fisheries will continue working toward expanding the network of fishing agreements with third countries, in order to ensure sustainable legal and operational coverage of the Spanish fleet activity in waters of third countries.

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