NOUAKCHOTT (AFP) – Mauritania has agreed a 33 per cent rise in fishing licences to Senegal, it said Friday, increasing the number of trawlers from its neighbour allowed to ply its waters to 400.
The year-long deal, signed on Thursday in Nouakchott, allows Senegalese crews to capture 50,000 tonnes, 12 tonnes of which must remain in Mauritania, said the state-run Mauritanian News Agency.
The agency said the “symbolic” fee for the deal was around 750,000 euros ($925,000), a third of which will be paid by the Senegalese government and the rest by the fishing crews.
The contract commits both sides to cooperate on training, scientific research and maritime surveillance, it added.
Fishing is the lifeblood of the Senegalese economy, providing a key part of the local diet while contributing 12.5 per cent of export earnings in 2011 and employing 600,000 people – almost a fifth of the working-age population.