Lobsters threaten fishing wealth in the southern regions… and the Ministry of Marine Fisheries interferes

The monitoring and counting of vessels licensed to fish in the southern provinces revealed the intensification of the phenomenon of indiscriminate fishing, which threatens fishing wealth; The number of boats that do not respect the laws that regulate fishing has reached about a thousand boats in four fishing villages in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region.

555 boats were counted in the “La Sarka” fishing center, 364 boats in “Luburidah”, 135 boats in the “Interfat” fishing center and seven boats in the “Amtlan” fishing center.

The boats that were counted are divided into “live” fishing boats, double numbered fishing boats, and boats of unknown ownership.

The Coalition for the Protection of Living Marine Resources, which had previously pointed out the risks to fish stocks, took note of the intervention of the Department of Marine Fisheries, considering that the monitoring, auditing and counting of licensed vessels frame Morocco’s exercise of its responsibilities in the field of preservation of living resources.

A source from the coalition stated that the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests stopped, a month and a half ago, octopus fishing off the coast of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab; However, professional fishermen’s associations considered that biological comfort “is not a solution, after the National Institute of Marine Fisheries Research confirmed that the fish populations in the area are on the verge of exhaustion.”

The same source added that the limited effectiveness of biological comfort in preserving fish wealth is due to the continuation of indiscriminate fishing vessels operating during the aforementioned period without controls, pointing out that these vessels use means that even drain fish roe; What prevents you from growing.

According to data obtained by Hespress, authorities in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region feared that stopping random fishing boats from fishing would provoke an outcry from their owners, who say they are live boats; While professionals say it is not, “because the amounts of fish caught are beyond our standard of living.”

According to the same data, it was not the sailors who created the problem of indiscriminate fishing, but large lobbies that work in this field, where some investors own a hundred boats; Only a few are licensed and the rest operate illegally.

The Coalition for the Protection of Living Marine Resources considered that the approach adopted by the Department of Marine Fisheries to deal with the phenomenon of indiscriminate fishing “strengthens the Aliotis scheme, which is based on framing the fishing effort through specialized scientific monitoring and legal mechanisms that clarify the rules must be respected by all.”

The same authority stressed, in a statement issued on Friday night, that “overfishing derived from illegal fishing constitutes the greatest threat to the renewal of fish populations, since they are not infinite and can be exhausted.”

A coalition source claimed that the number of random fishing boats on the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab side exceeds the number counted so far, noting that there are unlicensed boats whose owners circumvent the law by using licensed boat numbering. .

The same spokesman added that the danger of indiscriminate fishing vessels is not limited to the depletion of fish stocks; Rather, it is also exploited in drug trafficking and illegal immigration to Europe, pointing out that the lobbies that benefit from the situation resort to hiding the boats until the surveillance campaign is over, to return to their activity again.