The Russian trawler Zakhar Sorokin seems to have set out July 15th from the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. She then quickly sailed towards the rich fishing banks off the Mauritanian second biggest city, Nouadhibou, on the border to occupied Western Sahara.
There it trawled until the end of July, when continuing into the occupied waters of Western Sahara.
The boat has remained in Western Sahara waters from some time between the 20th and 31st of July until today. Around 1st of August, it had travelled as far north as Dakhla.
Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
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