Title: A new protocol for EU - Mauritania FPA has been signed.
Date: 26 july, 2012.
Thematic: E-consultation on ACP-EU fisheries relations.
From the information available to the Mauritanian artisanal fishing sector, the protocol is for 2 years. It does not include access to the octopus (deemed over exploited), and other trawling fleets (shrimps, small pelagics) have been pushed further from the coast: if it corresponds to what was earlier announced, vessels fishing for small pelagics will stay outside the 20 miles zone (instead of 13 miles in the current protocol), and shrimp trawlers will stay out of the 8 miles (instead of 6 miles). Fishing crews will now have to be composed by 60% mauritanians, and small pelagic fleet will have to land 2% of their catches for the local markets. The financial contribution (compensation for access + sectoral support) is 110 millions euros (ie, almost 30% more than in the current protocol).