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November 09, 2012

Ministry of Fisheries Defends Agreements with EU

The Ministry of Fisheries rejects accusations of squandering our marine resources brought by the coalition of trade unionists. Daroomalingum Mauree, director attached to this ministry, he accused journalists of peddling demagoguery environmental activists trying to sell their newspapers.

Nicolas Von Mally defends. During a press conference at the Ministry of Fisheries on Thursday November 8, he highlighted the financial and economic benefits that the country withdraw from the agreements signed with the European Union for the exploitation of our marine resources. An intervention that responds to accusations of sell-off of our Exclusive Economic Zone supported by the common front consists of fishermen, trade unionists and leftist activists.

Nicolas Von Mally focused on income generated by the Seafood Hud. A turnover estimated at Rs 1.6 billion in 2011. This amount takes into account the value of exports of the industry as well as fees for licenses issued to foreign fishing vessels.

He argues that the country does not have the means to invest in fishing boats to consider local exploitation of marine resources, especially the tuna stocks in the Indian Ocean. Thus, he says, the agreements signed with the European Union is the best option to reap maximum revenue from this industry.

The Minister of Fisheries has also announced an additional investment of Rs 10 billion in the sector Seafood Food Hub for the next two years. Besides potential projects promoters Japanese and South Korean are currently in the discussion stage.

As the Director of the Department of Fisheries, Daroomalingum Mauree, he made an exit rule against the press accusing journalists to report the claims of environmental activists for commercial reasons.

"If I were a journalist is not how I would have done my job. Perhaps it is trying to sell you products you bring these demagoguery, "he said as he presented his arguments about the benefits of agreements signed with the European Union.

A coalition made up of fishermen, trade unionists and leftist activists actually requested the freezing of such agreements linking Mauritius and the European Union. This platform has sent a letter to the Prime Minister calling for the freezing of recent contracts with the EU

The common front contends that these contracts "serve only to squander our resources at sea" with the complicity of the state.

 "We urge the Prime Minister to take our requests into consideration. We do not think he wants to go down in history as the one who encouraged the squandering of our offshore resources for pennies, "said Ashok had Subron of Rezistans ek Alternativ.

Environmental activists also denounced unsustainable exploitation of our marine resources.

The common front announced union and civic actions if the government turned a deaf ear. Actions that will be organized in the framework of t on November 21 as part of the World Day of artisanal fishermen and workers of the sea

 

Text by lexpress.mu
 

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