Rabat - There's mixed news for Morocco's fishing sector. Landings of coastal and artisanal fish and seafood reached 79,719 tonnes at the end of January, representing a decrease of 7 percent compared with January 2017.
Additionally, artisanal, seasonal and coastal fishery products worth an estimated MAD 699 million came ashore in 2017. This number represents a 9 percent decrease compared with the fish and seafood landings that were recorded throughout 2016 (MAD 768 million), according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The market value of seafood products landed in January 2018 include: white fish (6,580 tonnes), pelagic fish (66,571 tonnes), crustaceans (286 tonnes). All seafood and fish harvests reported in January 2018 have been marked by a decrease in terms of weight.
1,613 tonnes of coastal and artisanal fish and seafood were landed in Mediterranean ports during January, representing a 39 percent decrease compared with the same period in 2017. The landed seafood products in Atlantic ports fell by 6 percent, to 78,106 tonnes.
These statistics came at time when Morocco and the European Union are waiting for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to deliberate the validity of the fisheries agreement. The ECJ is set to announce its decision on February 27.
The EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement is due for renewal this July. Both Morocco and EU are eager to renew the agreement.