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EU Tuna Vessels To Gain Access To Mauritanian Waters

Next year, 21 tuna vessels from France and Spain will gain access to Mauritanian waters at the cost of 750,000 euros (USD 1,008,825). This comes as part of a provisional fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and the African country that in its first eight months has seen the entire EU fishing fleet pay nearly 15 million euros in license fees.

Now, the 21 Spanish and French tuna vessels will join the protocol that was agreed by the European Council in December 2012. In October this year, the EU Parliament approved the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Mauritania for 2012-2014.

The total of 750,000 euros to be paid by the European tuna fleet for access to the waters of the African country have been said by the European fisheries and maritime affairs commissioner, Maria Damanaki, to be “provisional” as they represent the fees of the first eight months of the new protocol. Once catch updates are logged, costs related to tuna could be subject to change.