Russia’s Federal Fisheries Agency has allocated quotas to Russian companies for fishing in Moroccan waters, as made available under the 2020 bilateral agreement between the two nations.
Russian vessels have access to 80,000 tonnes of sardine, sardinella, mackerel, horse mackerel and anchovy under the agreement and the Agency took applications between 26th April and 24th May.
This current four-year agreement is the eighth to be made between Morocco and Russia since 1992, providing a framework for ten Russian vessels to operate on small pelagics in Moroccan waters, beyond a fifteen-mile limit from shore.
Under the agreement there is also provision for scientific and technical co-operation to monitor the state of the pelagic ecosystem in Morocco’s Atlantic waters and beyond, involving scientific organisations in both countries. This also enables Moroccan students to receive scholarships to study at Russian fishery-related educational institutions.
The agreement also provides work for 16 Moroccan crew per vessel. These fishing vessels are also subject to satellite monitoring, observer presence on board and inspections at Moroccan ports.