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Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement negotiations between the EU and Mauritania: staying on course October 29,2020   |  Source: CFFA-CAPE

This paper recalls the demands of the Mauritanian artisanal fisheries sector, highlighting technical conditions, such as the access to octopus to be reserved for local artisanal fishers, the zoning for trawlers to be maintained, and landings of small pelagics to be kept.

Governance issues are also key, such as transparency, especially regarding the activities of other foreign fleets; and the urgent need for the SFPA to contribute to regional management for shared stocks

Last April, the European Parliament adopted the extension for one year of the protocol to the EU Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) with Mauritania. In its recommendation, the Parliament requested that this delay should not be used as “a wild card to make negotiations drag on longer than necessary.”

A few weeks later, the Covid-19 restrictions made it impossible for the Commission to continue the negotiations with its Mauritanian counterpart.

In July 2020, the EC reluctantly negotiated the prolongation of the current protocol for one additional year. Meanwhile, the EC is now about to restart the negotiations for a new protocol.

As these negotiations are taking place, it is important to recall the demands from the Mauritanian artisanal fisheries sector. Most importantly:

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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