Mauritania has established, on a proposal from Spain and in the framework of the negotiations for the extension of the fisheries agreement between the EU and the African country, a series of measures to compensate for the losses that the transport conflict is causing to the Spanish fishing sector.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Spain participated between 2 and 4 November in Brussels in the negotiations for the renewal of the fisheries agreement between Mauritania and the EU, “in which it has been agreed to extend the current protocol until November 2020 to avoid the interruption of activity in the cauldron”. The content of the agreement and the protocol will be negotiated in a second round scheduled for this September in Mauritania.
“The priority for Spain in this round has been to avoid the interruption of the current protocol, which expires on 15 November”, said the Ministry, which has expressed satisfaction “with the objective achieved, as it has agreed to an extension, for one year, under the same conditions as the current protocol”.
Also, according to the Ministry, Mauritania has established, at the proposal of Spain, an extraordinary procedure so that, in the event of repeated interruptions in road transport occurred in previous months, discharges can be made in ports outside Mauritania.
The Spanish fleet that catches hake and other species for sale fresh has suffered in recent months heavy losses due to roadblocks linking the border between Mauritania and Morocco by transporters protesting against the sharp increases in taxes.
Precisely, the Popular Parliamentary Group in the Congress presented in mid-August a non-legislative proposal in which the Government in office asked to seek solutions to the transport conflict between Mauritania and Morocco that is affecting the Spanish fleet operating under the fisheries agreement with Mauritania.
According to the PP, due to the continuous and prolonged traffic cuts caused by local transporters in the only transport route between the two countries, there are significant delays in the delivery of fresh fish merchandise, which in most cases is no longer suitable for sale as such, being able to be used only for fishmeal in the best of cases, with the corresponding serious economic losses.
“These losses for these fleets are millions, reaching in some cases an irreversible economic situation, being unsustainable to maintain this situation for a fleet that invoices in Spain more than 15 million euros per year”, warned the Popular Group, which claimed the “maximum diplomatic effort” to solve the problem.