Caught fishing illegally in occupied Western Sahara
curbeiro_610.jpg

Several EU-flagged vessels have blatantly ignored and violated the EU Court judgment invalidating the EU-Morocco fish agreement in Western Sahara. Here they are.
Published: 17.07 - 2018 12:19Printer version    
Images below are collected from the website Global Fishing Watch

"At the present [...] no EU fishing vessel can operate legally under the EU Agreement with Morocco in waters adjacent to Western Sahara", said Vincent Piket, Head of the Maghreb Division of the EU External Action Service in a seminar on EU-Morocco relations, hosted by the ALDE group in the European Parliament on 25 April 2018.

Two months earlier, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) had concluded that the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement could not be applied to Western Sahara. Western Sahara, the Court stated, does not fall under Moroccan “sovereignty or “jurisdiction”, and is not part of “Moroccan fishing zones” – a notion used throughout the Agreement and its implementing Protocols.

Western Sahara Resource Watch has monitored the fisheries practices in the territory since that ruling and can affirm that the vessels below have gone on to fish in the waters off occupied Western Sahara after the EU Court had ruled on the matter. The graphics below - taken from the website Global Fishing Watch - show images of several Spanish vessels clearly fishing in the Western Saharan waters, while several other vessels - French, German, Danish and Spanish - can be seen fishing on both sides of the maritime boundary between Mauritania and Western Sahara.

Four Spanish trawlers have been spotted in the southernmost waters of Western Sahara in June 2018: Catrua (IMO 9212618, MMSI 224355000) , Curbeiro (IMO 9194191, MMSI  224106000), Isla De Santa (IMO 9192806, MMSI 224292000) and Mercedes Quesada (IMO unknown, MMSI 224283540).

In addition, the following fishing vessels have been spotted crossing the maritime boundary between Mauritania and Western Sahara, to fish in the latter: Balamida (Spanish, IMO 9362762, MMSI  224574000), Funcho (Spanish, IMO 9230701, MMSI  224266000), Hermanos Delgado (Spanish, IMO 8739932, MMSI 224026860), Cap Mauritanie 1 (French, IMO unknown, MMSI 227827000), Helen Mary (German, IMO 9126364, MMSI 211238930), Monsun (Danish, also uses the name Sebastian, IMO 8522406, MMSI 219340000).

Based on the above information, Western Sahara Resource Watch has reason to believe that a number of EU vessels have been and still are fishing illegally off the coast of Western Sahara and calls on the European Commission and the national authorities of France, Germany, Denmark and Spain to clarify the following issues:
1. Has the European Commission informed Member States of the practical implications of the ECJ ruling of February 2018 for EU fishing vessels in Western Sahara?
2. Has the European Commission instructed EU-based vessels to leave the waters of Western Sahara in response to the ECJ ruling of February 2018?
3. Is the European Commission aware of illegal fishing by EU-based vessels in the waters of Western Sahara?
4. Does the European Commission intend to ask the relevant EU Member States for clarification?
5. Will the European Commission raise the issue with the authorities of Mauritania?
6. What course of action will the authorities of the EU Member States concerned by the above-mentioned information take in order to uphold European and international law?


The Catrua, fishing in the southern part of the waters adjacent to Western Sahara, between 25 June and 7 July 2018. The vessel seems to call into the port of Dakhla, and that of Nouadhibou (Mauritania).
catrua_es_25.06-08.07.2018_610.jpg

The Curbeiro, fishing off La Güera, on the southern tip of Western Sahara, in June 2018.
curbeiro_es_08.06-08.07.2018_610.jpg

The Isla De Santa, making repeated trips to the port-area of Dakhla, after having fished further south in Western Sahara, in June 2018.
isla_de_santa_es_08.06-08.07.2018_b_610.jpg

The Mercedes Quesada, fishing in the southern parts of Western Sahara, and making  calls into the Dakhla port area, in June 2018.
mercedes_quesada_es_08.06-08.07.2018_610.jpg

The Balamida, crossing the maritime border between Mauritania and Western Sahara, displaying fishing patterns in the waters of Western Sahara post 27 February 2018.
balamida_es_28.02-28.05.2018_610.jpg

The Funcho, displaying fishing patterns just north of the maritime border separating Western Sahara from Mauritania, post 27 February 2018.
funcho_es_28.02-28.05.18_610.jpg

The Hermanos Delgado fishing in Mauritania, yet making a quick trip north into the waters of Western Sahara, post 27  February 2018.
hermanos_delgado_es_28.02-28.05.2018_610.jpg

French-flagged vessel Cap Mauritanie 1 making a fishing trip exclusively north of the maritime boundary between Western Sahara and Mauritania, in the third week of July 2018.
cap_mauritanie_1_fr_07.07-14.07.2018_610.jpg

German-flagged vessel Helen Mary fishing north of the maritime boundary between Western Sahara and Mauritania, in early March 2018.
helen_mary_de_06.03-11.03.2018_b_610.jpg

The following two images show the Danish-flagged Monsun. The first image displays a fishing trip the vessel undertook just last week, crossing the maritime boundary with Mauritania into Western Sahara. The second image reveals that this is not an isolated incident, as is evident by the vessel's fishing patterns post 27 February 2018 which regularly cross into Western Sahara.
monsun_dk_07.07-14.07.2018_610.jpg

monsun_dk_27.02-14.07.2018_610.jpg



    

Top
News:

09.10 - 2018 / 09.10 - 2018Agriculture rapporteur concerned but favours Western Sahara trade deal
08.10 - 2018 / 27.08 - 2010Support Western Sahara Resource Watch
18.09 - 2018 / 18.09 - 2018Polisario files legal complaint against French seafood company
13.09 - 2018 / 13.09 - 2018The New Zealand phosphate controversy
13.09 - 2018 / 13.09 - 2018US imports of Western Sahara conflict rock to end
07.09 - 2018 / 04.09 - 2018Frozen fish flying from occupied Western Sahara to Spain
31.08 - 2018 / 31.08 - 2018European Parliament "fact finding" mission to Western Sahara
21.08 - 2018 / 20.08 - 2018ISOCARD backtracks on moving camel conference out of Western Sahara
20.08 - 2018 / 09.08 - 2018Sweden says EU-Morocco trade proposal fails court ruling
09.08 - 2018 / 31.07 - 2018Bitcoins behind giant wind farm controversy in occupied Western Sahara
27.07 - 2018 / 25.07 - 2018Morocco grants only 5% of fishing licences off Dakhla to Saharawis
26.07 - 2018 / 23.07 - 2018EU Court confirms: Western Sahara not part of EU-Morocco fish deal
25.07 - 2018 / 07.07 - 2018Large Russian-Chinese-British oil study in Western Sahara
23.07 - 2018 / 20.07 - 2018EU and Morocco today initial new fish deal including Western Sahara
23.07 - 2018 / 22.07 - 2018Key player quits dirty Western Sahara phosphate game
19.07 - 2018 / 19.07 - 2018Fishmeal from occupied Western Sahara now being unloaded in Germany
17.07 - 2018 / 17.07 - 2018Caught fishing illegally in occupied Western Sahara
16.07 - 2018 / 16.07 - 2018Polisario condemns Council's approval of Western Sahara trade deal
16.07 - 2018 / 16.07 - 2018EU Council approves Morocco trade deal to include Western Sahara
16.07 - 2018 / 16.07 - 2018EU vessels return home in absense of new EU-Morocco fish deal




EN ES FR DE AR

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.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies

tn_law_hammer.jpg

It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!

tn_court_photo_gdeim_izik_610.jpg

Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch

tn_sjovik_demo_610.jpg

Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder

tn_poweringplunder_eng_610.jpg

At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.

WSRW.org News Archive 2018
WSRW.org News Archive 2017
WSRW.org News Archive 2016
WSRW.org News Archive 2015
WSRW.org News Archive 2014
WSRW.org News Archive 2013
WSRW.org News Archive 2012
WSRW.org News Archive 2011
WSRW.org News Archive 2010
WSRW.org News Archive 2009
WSRW.org News Archive 2008
WSRW.org News Archive 2007
WSRW.org News Archive 2004-2006


Register for our English newsletter:









These web pages have been built with the financial support of the trade union Industry Energy