Monday, April 10, 2006

Fisheries: The European threat facing Mauritania's fishermen

Reuters has an article written by Nick Tattersall, entitled "European trawlers threaten Mauritania's fishermen".

The article tells how, "Mauritania awards fisheries agreements every five years to the European Union. The latest deal, which runs out in July, allows more than 240 foreign vessels into Mauritanian waters. But the new government - a group of technocrats installed after a bloodless coup last August - says the deal struck by the former administration sells the country's resources off too cheaply and threatens the livelihoods of 30,000 people."

Quote from a 64 year old fisherman: "There were a lot of fish before. Now there are hardly any. The big nets, the big boats have taken them all. They work night and day".