The biological shutdown affects some 150 European fishers that fish in Mauritanian waters and a hundred local boats. (Photo: Stock File)
Two-month biological shutdown begins
Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Industrial fishing vessels that work in Mauritania waters will have to suspend their activities until late June, in accordance with the two-month biological shutdown arranged by the Ministry of Fisheries.
The Mauritanian fisheries authorities plan a second biological halt for the months of September and October, in a bid to prevent the over-exploitation of several local fish species.
The shutdown that entered in effect on Saturday affects more than 150 European fishing boats - mainly Spanish – and 100 Mauritanian vessels, explained the director of Industrial Fishing of Mauritania, Sidi El Moctar Uld Ahmed Taleb.
The measure also sets forth a halt for the artisanal and coastal targeting of cephalopods from 15 May to 15 June, although it establishes some derogations for the catch of fish like black hake in delimited areas.
Fishing is the most important sector of the national economy in Mauritania, as much in terms of income as jobs,
In March, the EU announced it would partially finance a EUR 364-million plan by Mauritania to develop its vital fishing industry, state media reported.
The EU will finance 16 per cent of the four-year plan, according to
Mauritania and Brussels signed a four-year fisheries agreement in 2008, by virtue of which the EU committed to trimming its catches in Mauritanian waters by 41 per cent, in exchange for a reduction in the European economic tax burden by nearly 10 per cent, to EUR 76 million per year.
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By Analia Murias