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Moroccan authorities to disinfect fishing boats in Al Hoceima port by Taha Mebtoul April 03,2020   |  Source: Morocco World News

Morocco’s Mediterranean Sea Fishing Chamber (CPMM) decided on March 30 to organize a vast disinfection operation of fishing boats at the port of the northern city of Al Hoceima, amid mounting fears of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

CPMM launched the initiative in coordination with the Ministry of Maritime Fisheries (MPM) of Al Hoceima.

The port of Al Hoceima hosts over 54 boats, and such a large number could provide a fertile spot for COVID-19 to spread among seamen and fishmongers.

CPMM Vice President Mounir Derraz told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that the operation joins Morocco’s preventive measures and efforts in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

CPMM and MPM came to an agreement with the Provincial Council of Al Hoceima to disinfect any boats that are operative in the port every Friday, which should range from 15 to 20 boats in a given week.

The Provincial Council of Al Hoceima will conduct the weekly disinfection sessions.

The two parties also organized a campaign to inform seamen and shipowners about COVID-19, and to raise awareness about necessary preventive measures and sanitary rules to adopt, especially frequent hand washing and boat cleaning.

Meanwhile, the National Fisheries Office (ONP) will be responsible for cleaning commercial fish


© Morocco World News

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