Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Local-Fishermen-in-Mauritania-27MZIFLKDZSU.htmlConceptually similarFishermen at a Fish Market in MauritaniaGP01Q71Completed★★★★Fisherman Preparing Traps in MauritaniaGP01Q6LCompleted★★★★Local Fishermen at a Fish Market in MauritaniaGP01Q6XCompleted★★★★Local Fishermen at a Fish Market in MauritaniaGP01Q6YCompleted★★★★Fisherman Repairing Net in MauritaniaGP01Q5XCompleted★★★★Dead Fish on Beach in MauritaniaGP01Q5WCompleted★★★★Local Fishermen with Greenpeace Banner in MauritaniaGP01Q7ICompleted★★★★Fishermen on a Beach in MauritaniaGP01Q6PCompleted★★★★Fishermen on a Boat in MauritaniaGP01Q70Completed★★★★View AllGP01Q6WLocal Fishermen in MauritaniaLocal fishermen sort octopuses on a boat near a fish market.Greenpeace visits Mauritania to campaign against the Dutch shellfish industry’s plans to exploit the shellfish banks of Venus Rosalina off the World heritage site at the Banc d’Arguin park. The banks are situated between 10 and 30 meters deep underwater and can for commercial ends only be exploited by the highly destructive bottom dredging techniques. The role of the banks in the ecosystem is not well known but there are indications that they function as a nursery for many fish species. Greenpeace mission is to stop the arrival of the shellfish industry because the impacts of their fishing techniques are likely to cause a cascade of unpredictable negative effects on the marine ecosystem and on the local fisheries. Locations:Africa-Mauritania-Nouadhibou-Western AfricaDate:10 Apr, 2008Credit:© Greenpeace / Marco CareMaximum size:3008px X 2000pxKeywords:Boats-Day-Fisheries-Fishers-Fishing (activity)-Fishing vessels-KWCI (GPI)-Local population-Native Africans-Oceans (campaign title)-Octopuses-Outdoors-Small group of people-Sustainable fishingShoot:Fisheries Documentation in MauritaniaGreenpeace went on her second mission in Mauritania to campaign against the arrival and establishment of the Dutch shellfish industry and its plans of exploitation of the Mauritanian waters.In January 2005 the Dutch Government banned cockle dredging in the Wadden Sea, as one of the measures taken around the world against the destructive practices used by bottom trawl fisheries. After the ban the Ministry of LNV (Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, including Fisheries) has financed part of a test fishery in Mauritanian waters, conducted by the Dutch Institute for Fisheries, IMARES, on behalf of the company Holland Shellfish. In addition to that the Dutch Parliament referred to compensation funds paid to the companies that could not longer fish in the Wadden Sea as a “start-up” subsidy for transferring their operations in Mauritania. The species of shellfish which companies plan to target in Mauritania is the Venus shellfish. Their banks seem to play a key role in creating the unique conditions for the sea grass beds. The impacts of their exploitation in the pristine Mauritanian shellfish banks will likely far outstrip even the damage done in the Wadden Sea. The establishment of a shellfish dredging fishery would have unpredictable negative effects on the marine ecosystem and would farther decimate a marine environment that has already been crippled by years of industrial fishing by European fleets, and ultimately will most likely also completely destroy the local small-scale fisheries that still exist in the area. Not surprisingly, the prospect of Holland Shellfish’s arrival is not being welcomed by many Mauritanians.