New EU-Mauritania fisheries deal
A new four-year fisheries deal with Mauritania, to be approved in plenary session on Tuesday, would allow EU vessels to fish for shrimp, demersal fish, tuna and small pelagic fish in Mauritania’s Exclusive Economic Zone. In return, the EU would pay Mauritania €59.125 million per year - €55 million for the total allowable catches and €4.125 million to support the development of Mauritania’s sector-specific fisheries policy.
This new fisheries Protocol follows the expiry of the 2012-2014 one. It was signed on 10 July 2015, and has applied provisionally since then. Most of the EU vessels fishing in Mauritanian waters are Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, German, Latvian, Lithuanian, Dutch, Polish, British or Irish.
Parliament voted a resolution on 12 April on the external dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) saying that the EU fisheries agreement with Mauritania should serve as a role-model of transparency and enforcement. MEPs suggested that the transparency provisions of the most recent protocol with Mauritania, which undertakes to publish all agreements with states or private entities granting foreign vessels access to its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) should be included in all Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs).
Procedure: Consent (protocol)
Debate: Monday, 9 May
Vote: Tuesday, 10 May