Fishing: Controversy Surrounding the Funding Provided by the EU

7 years, 9 months ago - April 04, 2014
" It's a waste! " says Vassen Kaupaymuthoo, oceanographer. He argues that the funds provided by the European Union to promote responsible and sustainable fishing in Mauritian waters used in part to fund the participation of officers of the Department in international conferences.

As well as projects related to Chinese fishing boats registered in Mauritius. According to him, this is what was said at a meeting yesterday, Wednesday, April 2, the Ministry of Fisheries.

This meeting was intended to inform the various stakeholders - NGOs, trade unions fishermen Ministry officers, etc.. - Planned projects following the Fisheries Partnership Agreement, signed between the Government of Mauritius and the European Union (EU), which entered into force in January. It provides that the EU grants amounting to € 660,000 per year for three years.

Vassen Kaupaymuthoo also regrets that there has been no consultation with the various stakeholders on the projects to be undertaken. He asked the Department to freeze the funds until discussions are conducted. It also wish there was more transparency.

A source within the Ministry of Fisheries, which was present at yesterday's meeting, said that the two projects mentioned by Vassen Kaupaymuthoo only a small percentage of the amount allocated by the EU. The majority of funds will be devoted to fishing for projects such as the introduction of a new system of fishing skippers training, among others, he said.

It specifies that projects related to fishing boats are not just about the Chinese vessels but also from Europe and fishing in our economic zone. And for conferences, this concerns only those associated with the tuna

 

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