GIS – 14 November 2018: The Fisheries Partnership Protocol signed between Mauritius and the European Union (EU), last year, will enable local authorities to develop a software that will help them to control the catch of vessels fishing in our country’s territorial waters and will also ensure that there is no shortage in the supply of raw tuna to the fish canning industry.
This statement was made this morning by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Mr Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, during a joint press conference organised by his Ministry and the EU Delegation on the issue of supply of raw tuna by EU fishing vessels to the fish canning industry in Mauritius.
The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Mauritius and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Mrs Marjaana Sall, the Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Mrs Usha Dwarka-Canabady, representatives of the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, and representatives of the Mauritius Export Association were also present on this occasion.
Minister Lutchmeenaraidoo highlighted that the issue of predictable tuna supplies to local tuna processing firms and exports of fisheries products to the EU was raised during his recent mission to Brussels as this important sector of the Mauritian economy, which employs more than 10 000 people and contributes to export earnings, was under pressure due to a shortage of supply of raw tuna last year.
He emphasised that during his mission, he discussed the matter with the EU’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and had a meeting regarding the establishment of a Coordination Platform for structured dialogue with relevant stakeholders, comprising representatives of the Mauritius tuna processing industry and the EU fishing fleet, with the aim of ensuring a predictable supply of raw tuna to the local tuna canneries.
For her part, Mrs Sall underscored that the EU responded favourably to the request of the processing industry in the Indian Ocean region for tuna supplies. The transparency and predictability of the tuna supply will be ensured by the sharing of information on the absorption of quotas by the European fleet with the processing industries of the region, she pointed out.
EU, she added, fully recognises the importance of tuna canneries for the local economies of the Indian Ocean and came to the conclusion that it is in the common interest to find practical solutions to the issue of supply as well as to strengthen partnerships in the Indian Ocean.
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