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Mauritania: A 40-metre seiner authorised to fish on the borders of the Banc d'Arguin by Beatrice Gorez September 14,2021   |  Source: CFFA

Mauritania's fisheries sector is in turmoil. At the centre of the debate is the fishing authorisation granted to a 40-metre Turkish seiner to fish for small pelagics in a zone with depths of less than 10 metres, normally reserved for artisanal fishing.

The seiner will fish on the borders of the Banc d'Arguin National Park (PNBA), and its presence is seen by many as a threat to this nature reserve covering one third of Mauritania's coastline, which is rich in biological diversity. This authorisation comes at a time when the ink is barely dry on the EU-Mauritania Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA), signed on 28 July.

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Theme(s): Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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