Mauritania FPAThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE EU has renewed a fisheries agreement with Mauritania. The timing of the renewal means fishing can continue uninterrupted. The latest Fisheries Partnership Protocol (FPA) expired on 31 July, but the initialling of the new protocol means the countries will enter into a transitional phase. The FPA will last for two years and gives EU vessels access to Mauritanian waters for the sum of EUR70 million. There is a provision in the agreement for termination if the fishing rights are under-used. EU fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, said: “After a very long negotiation process, we have a deal. This deal is sustainable, ethical and good value for money. We have secured a legal framework which will allow EU fishing activities to continue in Mauritanian waters.” Target species include shrimp, tuna and pelagic fish.