Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, held talks on Tuesday in Agadir with Norway’s state secretary for fisheries, Roy Angelvik, whose country is the guest of honor of the Halieutis Fair, which will kick off Thursday.
This meeting, held on the sidelines of the High Level Conference on the Blue Belt Initiative, was an opportunity to discuss Norway’s experience in the fisheries sector as well as the means to develop bilateral cooperation in the field of fisheries research, particularly with regards to acoustic survey methods used for stock assessments of pelagic, mesopelagic and planktonic species, training and fish processing.
Akhannouch recalled that Morocco is the leading fish producing country in Africa and shed light on the kingdom’s potential in terms of seafood processing.
The two officials also discussed the sustainability of fisheries resources and called for a joint effort to pay more attention to this issue.
The talks also focused on the fight against illegal, undeclared and unregulated (IUU) fishing. In this regard, the Norwegian official stressed the need for global cooperation in the fight against illegal fishing.
Akhannouch underlined Morocco’s ongoing efforts in this area, including the adoption of a bill on the prevention and the fight against IUU activities and the setting up of a seafood traceability national system.