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Calls for Aid for Fishermen Affected by EU-Morocco Agreement Temporary Cessation

The spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and food has published an extract of the Order calling for aid for fishermen of fishing vessels affected by the temporary cessation of fishing activity, as the sustainable fishing agreement has not been renewed between the European Union and the Kingdom of Morocco.

The aid is co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The renewal of the EU-Morocco fishing agreement, which will allow about a hundred Spanish vessels to fish in Moroccan waters, was agreed last July, but to be implemented it must be ratified by the European Parliament.

Spanish fishermen, nationals of the Member States of the EU, the European Economic Area or Switzerland, and foreigners with valid residency and work permits, embarked on Spanish fishing vessels of different types, will be eligible for this fishing aid and those with base port in different autonomous communities, authorized by the General Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture Management of the General Secretariat of Fisheries.

The amount of this call is 580,000 euros. A maximum of 30 days will be subsidized by the affected fisherman, in the established period, with the individual amount of the aid amounting to 49.06 euros per eligible day.

Two groups of recipients are set:

  • Group 1: Fishermen of vessels belonging to categories 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the collaboration agreement in the fishing sector between the EU and Morocco, which may carry out the temporary stop between 14 July and 15 October in 2018.
  • Group 2: Fishermen of vessels belonging to category 5 of the collaboration agreement in the fishing sector between the EU and Morocco, which may carry out the temporary stop between the 14 July and 30 November, 2018.

The deadline for submission of applications will be 15 business days, from the day following the publication of the extract of this call in the BOE.

This call is intended for fishermen of Spanish fishing vessels using different fishing gear that are harmed by the impossibility of access to Moroccan waters. In this way, the aid to the affected sector is complemented, after the publication, last October, of the aid to ship owners licensed to the Moroccan fishing ground affected by the temporary stoppage.

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