Morocco aspires to become Russia’s top economic partner in Africa and the Arab world. Photo : Global Construction Review / SCCT
NEWSROOM (ADV) – Morocco and Russia agreed to extend their fisheries and cooperation agreement into 2019.
The secretary general of Morocco’s Maritime Fisheries Department, Zakia Driouch, and head of Russia’s Federal Fisheries Agency, Ilya Shestakov, signed the agreement.
The Moroccan-Russian Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Maritime Fisheries agreed on an 8 percent increase to Russia’s fishing quotas in Moroccan waters for this year.
For 2019, Morocco increased the authorization for fishing to 140,000 tons of fish, compared to 129,500 tonnes last year.
In 2018, seven Russian fishing vessels were operating in Moroccan waters with some 327 Moroccan fishermen on board, according to Russia Beyond.
The Deep Strategic Partnership sealed in 2016 between Morocco and Russia led to a number of major projects and actions in priority areas such as agriculture, fisheries, energy, industry, and tourism.
In 2018, the third year of the fishing agreement, 10 Russian fishing trawlers were authorized to operate in Moroccan waters from Lagouira to Tangiers.
Morocco aspires to become Russia’s top economic partner in Africa and the Arab world, the Moroccan ambassador to Russia told Sputnik last year. The country ranks second among the Arab countries that trade with the Russian Federation.