Workshop on eco-labeling of octopus in Mauritania
The workshop on ecolabelling of the octopus fishery in Mauritania was organized in Nouadhibou from 26 to 27 October 2016, jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States (FAO), the Mauritanian Company of Fish Marketing (SMCP), the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy (MPEM) and INFOSAMAK Centre.

The workshop was attended by about 55 national and international experts representing the Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Economy (MPEM), the Mauritanian Company of Fish Marketing (SMCP), the Mauritanian Institute for Oceanographic and Fisheries Research (IMROP), The Naval Academy of Mauritania (ANM), the Autonomous port of Nouadhibou (PAN), the Free Zone of Nouadhibou (FZN), Small scale fisheries and industrial fishing professionals, valuation professionals, in addition to experts from FAO.

Based on the FAO Guidelines for the eco-labeling of marine fisheries products and the methodology of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the workshop reviewed the various studies, research and Experiences in the exploitation of octopus in Mauritania in order to identify the achievements to be consolidated, the shortcomings and gaps to be filled. This work has been carried out taking into account the three pillars of marine fisheries management, namely: (i) the stock; (Ii) the ecosystem and (iii) the management system.