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Mauritania; Senegal: Fishery Agreement Signed

(Apr. 2, 2008) Mauritania and Senegal signed a one-year fishery agreement, under which 300 permits will be issued to Senegalese fishermen working in Mauritanian waters. The agreement was concluded in the Mauritanian capital Noakchott by Mauritanian Fishing Minister Assane Soumaré and the Senegalese State Minister and Maritime Transport Economy, Fishing and Apiculture Minister Souleymane Ndéné NDiaye. The permits will go to traditional fishing boats. Fifteen percent of the fish caught by the Senegalese is to be unloaded in Mauritania. In addition, ten industrial fishing permits will be issued for Senegalese tuna boats, on the expectation that they will each give 40 permanent jobs to Mauritanians. The positions to be filled will include three wholesale fish merchant slots and one inspector per boat. The Senegalese boats will pay taxes to Mauritania and will issue five permits for coastal fishing of bottom-feeding fish in Senegalese waters.

This accord replaces an earlier one that had expired. The previous agreement had allowed fewer permits for traditional boats from Senegal and had required a larger percentage of fish to be unloaded in Mauritania, but had not permitted fishing in Senegalese waters or required the payment of taxes. (Senegal, Mauritania Sign New Fishery Agreement, AFRICAN PRESS AGENCY, Mar. 26, 2008, available at http://www.apanews.net/apa.php?page=show_article_eng&id_article=58913.)