EU vessels fishing shrimps and small pelagics in Mauritanian waters in the framework of the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol will be able to continue to do so until 15 December 2014. This is part of the compromise which EU negotiators found last night in Nouakchott after the Mauritanian authorities had upheld the position that all EU vessels would have to leave Mauritanian waters as of 1 August 2014.
According to the agreement found, Mauritania accepted EU fishing activities for a period of 24 months as part of the bilateral Fisheries Protocol, hence the shrimps and small pelagics fisheries which started in January 2013 can continue, whereas those EU vessels which had been fishing tuna and demersals since August 2012 during a transitional period will needed to leave Mauritanian waters. Furthermore, the EU and Mauritania agreed to continue the discussions for a renewed Fisheries Protocol so as to allow the full EU fleet to resume their activities soon.
The agreement covers 69 vessels eleven Member States: France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, the United Kingdom and Ireland.