Thursday, 05 March 2020 11:32

Spain seeks solutions for the transport of fish from Mauritania

EM2 20 News Int MauritaniaLuis Planas, the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, has stated that an alternative will be found for the transportation of Mauritanian fish to Spain. Last year this freight suffered delays and losses due to the blockage of the only road from Mauritania to the north by Sahrawi activists. Mr Planas visited the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to negotiate with the Mauritanian authorities regarding problems related to the renewal of the Euro-Mauritanian fishing agreement. 

The European fleet in Mauritania is mainly composed of Spanish ships, 65 in total, which operate under an agreement that concluded mid-November 2019 but has been extended as negotiations between the parties continue. The minister has referred to the problems of land transport of Spanish catches and has said that he has agreed with his Mauritanian counterpart to look for an alternative. The Spanish minister stressed that Spain intends to keep the same level of presence and fishing effort in the next agreement with Mauritania with special interest in the important hake quota.  With regard to the possibility of extending the agreement to species such as shrimp and other shellfish (so far excluded from the agreement), Mr Planas has indicated that the Mauritanians have accepted that surveys of ​​shellfish be made in order to verify the real level of resources.