SENEGAL – Mauritania, under a partnership with Senegal to implement a cooperation agreement in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, has authorised a maximum of 500 Senegalese boats to fish in its maritime waters to capture a total stock of 50,000 tonnes of pelagic fish, with the exception of yellow mullet and croaker.

In return, the Senegalese authorities have offered to provide fingerlings in sufficient quantities for the stocking of Mauritanian continental waters, located in the south of the country. 

The Senegalese party will also provide 4 fish farming trainers to help build technical capacity for the benefit of the Mauritanian industry.

In Mauritania, the Minister of Fisheries and the Maritime Economy, Moctar Lam and his Senegalese counterpart, Papa Mbaye signed a memorandum of understanding for the implementation of a cooperation agreement in the fisheries and aquaculture sector signed between the two countries in 2001.

According to USDA data, In Senegal, the fishing sector contributes 3% to GDP and employs around 600,000 people.

However, the country has an annual deficit of around 150,000 tonnes of fish products per year for its part, Mauritania draws about a third of its export earnings from fishing.

Meanwhile, Morocco has signed a financing agreement of US$ 4.6 million between the Ministry of Agriculture, the administration of the municipality of Fez and the administration of the region of Fez -Meknes for the construction of a new wholesale fish market in the city of Fez.

Morocco is the second supplier of fish in Africa after Egypt and the first exporter of fishery products on the continent. In the country, the fishing sector still only provides less than 2% of the creation of added value to the national economy.

According to Morocco, the National Fisheries Office (ONP) has been mandated to carry out the project which is part of an executive strategy aimed at modernizing the marketing channels for agricultural and fishing products.

The project is planned to ensure the permanent availability of fish and also contribute to the increase in consumption in the region of Fez-Meknes through the installation of an appropriate distribution platform meeting the standards of quality standards.

“This infrastructure will be equipped with a space for displaying and selling fishery products, an identification airlock and an airlock for shipping products, cold installations, a cold room, socio-collective premises, a weighbridge, administrative and technical premises, car parks and outdoor facilities,’ the state reported.

In Morocco, fish consumption averages 13.6 kg per capita per year according to official data. This volume represents a level even lower than the world average which is around 21 kg.

For all the latest food industry news from Africa and the World, subscribe to our NEWSLETTER, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel.