Morocco-EU fisheries agreement ‘remains in force’, to be deployed to ‘deepen bilateral partnership’ (joint statement)
The North Africa Post | 14th July 2023
By North Africa Post
Morocco and the European Union (EU) have agreed to continue their cooperation as provided for in the Partnership Agreement in the field of sustainable fisheries, which “remains in force”, in order to deepen their bilateral partnership.
“Morocco and the European Union have agreed to continue their cooperation as provided for in the Partnership Agreement in the field of sustainable fisheries, which remains in force, in order to deepen the bilateral partnership on key issues such as scientific campaigns, technical cooperation, fight against illegal fishing, economic integration of operators, safety at sea and improvement of working conditions and protection of seafarers,” reads a joint statement, issued at the end of the 5th meeting of the Joint Commission in charge of monitoring the Agreement, held on Thursday in Brussels.
Held in accordance with the Morocco-EU Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, the meeting provided an opportunity to make an overall assessment of the implementation of the four-year Fisheries Protocol of July 18, 2019, which expires on July 17, in accordance with its Article 16, the statement said.
Morocco and the EU congratulated each other on their exemplary cooperation, which in all circumstances has allowed the operation of artisanal and industrial vessels, the transparent and rigorous management of the protocol and the continuous scientific monitoring of the state of fishery resources.
The parties welcomed the satisfactory implementation of the Fisheries Agreement and its protocol in its various dimensions, in particular the excellent state of progress of the projects for the development of the fisheries sector in Morocco, highlighting the positive socio-economic impact on the sector, on small-scale fishing, on sustainable aquaculture for the benefit of young entrepreneurs and fishermen’s cooperatives, as well as on job creation, training and integration into working life, particularly for women and young people.
These projects may continue beyond the expiry of the protocol, as provided for in the fisheries agreement.