Russia maintains its right to catch 100,000 tonnes of fish in Atlantic fishing zone of Morocco, says Russia's Federal Fisheries Agency

MOSCOW , April 9, 2014 () – Russia has maintained its right to catch 100,000 tonnes of fish in the Atlantic fishing zone of Morocco, the Federal Fisheries Agency (Rosrybolovstvo) said.

This follows a protocol from the second session of the Russian-Moroccan Joint Fisheries Committee, which took place in Agadir this week. The protocol was signed by Deputy Agriculture Minister and Rosrybolovstvo Chief Ilya Shestakov and Zakiya Driouch, the Secretary-General of the sea fisheries department of the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Sea Fisheries.

This concerns pelagic fish such as mackerel, horse mackerel, sardinella, sardines and swordfish.

The protocol also states that by October of this year, the two countries are to hold a special session of the commission to review the results of scientific organizations and consider increasing the quota.

Russian and Moroccan cooperation in the fishing industry has been developing since 1978 when the first intergovernmental fisheries agreement was signed. The countries also signed an agreement on February 14, 2013 that currently serves as the main legal basis for Russian-Moroccan relations in the area of sea fishing. Specifically, this document allows for the presence of Russian fishing vessels in Morocco's Atlantic fishing zone.

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