Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

Morocco: Greenpeace Urges EP to Reject EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement

Amsterdam — Greenpeace has called on the European Parliament to reject the renewing of the EU fisheries with Morocco that includes the waters of occupied Saharawi territories, demanding that the EU stop exploiting the fishing grounds off the coast of Western Sahara, reported Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW).

In a report published today under the title "Exporting Exploitation - How retired EU fishing vessels are devastating West African fish stocks and undermining the rights of local people", Greenpeace demanded that the EU "stop exploiting the fishing grounds off the coast of Western Sahara and Morocco, unless and until it can ensure that fish stocks are managed in a sustainable manner and that the fishery takes into account the wishes and benefits of the people of the territory".

It also urged that EU Member States:

-remove excess fishing capacity by scrapping or converting to non-fishing purposes those vessels that have the biggest impact in terms of overfishing and the destruction of marine habitats;

-allocate access to fishing opportunities in a way that rewards fishermen who minimise the environmental impacts of fishing and that maximises the socio-economic benefits for local communities; and

-prevent the transfer of excess fishing capacity to other regions.

Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization, focuses its campaigning on worldwide issues such as global warming, deforestation, overfishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering, and anti-nuclear issues.

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