Tangier: Mr. Sadiki chairs a seminar on the situation of the fishing sector in the Mediterranean

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The Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohammed Sadiki, chaired, yesterday Wednesday at the National Institute of Fisheries Research (INRH) in Tangier, a seminar dedicated to the situation of fishing sector in the Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on the phenomenon of interaction between bottlenose dolphins and coastal fishing vessels using purse seines.

On this occasion, Mr. Sadiki announced the signing of a new partnership agreement between the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Regional Council, INRH and the National Fisheries Office, aiming to help fishermen in the region face the scarcity of fishery resources, as well as damage caused by dolphins.

This agreement, with a total budget of 90 million dirhams over two years, aims to support the acquisition of rotating nets resistant to dolphin attacks for affected fishing vessels. Regional and provincial monitoring committees will be set up to ensure the effective implementation of the convention.

In this context, Mr. Sadiki stressed that maritime fishing is a vital sector for the country in general and the region in particular, with a significant contribution to the Kingdom’s GDP, noting that fishermen are today facing the scarcity of fishery resources, but also attacks by dolphins on fishing nets.

In order to preserve the activities of fishermen, as well as to support them, several projects have emerged in the region, including the establishment of distribution centers, a refrigeration center in Al Hoceima, as well as the distribution of new nets. fishing gear resistant to dolphin attacks, he continued.

For his part, the regional director of INRH, Mohammed Malouli Idrissi, presented the results of research on the various damages caused by dolphins, in particular attacks by dolphins on fishing nets which render them unusable, noting that fishermen , during certain periods, systematically suffer attacks on their fishing nets.

After several researches, the INRH opted for a specific net, capable of resisting dolphin attacks and of greater durability, which will allow fishermen to continue their activities without risking losing their equipment, he said. specified, noting that in addition to the use of these nets, other solutions are being studied to avoid attacks.

The Mediterranean Sea is characterized by an abundance of marine species, accounting for nearly 7% of the world’s marine fauna and constituting a major reservoir of marine biodiversity.

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