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Eu Fishing (Moroccan Waters)

Volume 571: debated on Thursday 2 May 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:In what proportions does the recent agreement to reduce the European Union's Moroccan fishing catch by 30 per cent. fall on which European nations, and whether those countries are to be allowed to make up that reduction in European Union waters, and if so, where.

The reduction in European Union fishing opportunities in Moroccan waters will fall to Spain and Portugal. Spain will be most heavily affected as it is the only member state to have access to the cephalopod and shrimp fisheries. No additional fishing opportunities will be made available in European Union waters to make up for reduced opportunities in Moroccan waters.