The fishing industry
The rich fishing banks off the occupied Western Sahara permits Morocco to settle thousands of Moroccans in the occupied neighbouring country.
Published: 16.09 - 2007 18:29Printer version    
Only few Sahrawis are originally fishermen.

Of the possibly 100-200.000 people who work in the fishing industry along the Western Sahara, a large majority are Moroccans who have moved into the territory since the occupation.

tn_paula_og_hannes_fishmeal_610.jpgThe industry has thus important implications for the demography of the area, and thus complicates the solving of the conflict.

Morocco's main fisheries activities today take place in Western Sahara. The coastal cities of Dakhla and El Aaiun have become the major ports for landing of fish for the Moroccans.

In addition to their own small scale and commercial fishing activities, Morocco also sell fishing licenses to foreign states.

The two major foreign actors in occupied Western Sahara are today the European Union and Russia.




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