An overview of fish removals from Morocco by Distant-Water Fleets, 1950-2010

D. Belhabib, S. Harper, D. Zeller

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Abstract

Morocco has productive fishing grounds. As such, especially the Atlantic areas of Morocco are targeted by distant water fleets from more than 19 countries, which together caught approximately 90.8 million tonnes between 1950 and 2010. These foreign countries reported 64 million tonnes to FAO during the same time period for the entire Eastern Central Atlantic area (FAO area 34), which suggests massive underreporting. Asian fleets were found to have the highest level of underreporting, followed by Western Europe, with 300% and 80% higher catches than reported landings, respectively. Foreign catches increased dramatically after Morocco extended its jurisdiction over the southern areas in the mid-1970s, after which foreign catches decreased despite increasing fishing effort, suggesting over-exploitation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMarine fisheries catches in West Africa, 1950-2010, Part I
EditorsD. Belhabib, D. Zeller, S. Harper, D. Pauly
Place of PublicationVancouver
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia
Pages41-60
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)1198-6727
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameFisheries Centre Research Reports
Number3
Volume20

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Belhabib, D., Harper, S., & Zeller, D. (2012). An overview of fish removals from Morocco by Distant-Water Fleets, 1950-2010. In D. Belhabib, D. Zeller, S. Harper, & D. Pauly (Eds.), Marine fisheries catches in West Africa, 1950-2010, Part I (pp. 41-60). (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; Vol. 20, No. 3). Vancouver: University of British Columbia.
Belhabib, D. ; Harper, S. ; Zeller, D. / An overview of fish removals from Morocco by Distant-Water Fleets, 1950-2010. Marine fisheries catches in West Africa, 1950-2010, Part I. editor / D. Belhabib ; D. Zeller ; S. Harper ; D. Pauly. Vancouver : University of British Columbia, 2012. pp. 41-60 (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; 3).
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Belhabib, D, Harper, S & Zeller, D 2012, An overview of fish removals from Morocco by Distant-Water Fleets, 1950-2010. in D Belhabib, D Zeller, S Harper & D Pauly (eds), Marine fisheries catches in West Africa, 1950-2010, Part I. Fisheries Centre Research Reports, no. 3, vol. 20, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, pp. 41-60.

An overview of fish removals from Morocco by Distant-Water Fleets, 1950-2010. / Belhabib, D.; Harper, S.; Zeller, D.

Marine fisheries catches in West Africa, 1950-2010, Part I. ed. / D. Belhabib; D. Zeller; S. Harper; D. Pauly. Vancouver : University of British Columbia, 2012. p. 41-60 (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; Vol. 20, No. 3).

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Belhabib D, Harper S, Zeller D. An overview of fish removals from Morocco by Distant-Water Fleets, 1950-2010. In Belhabib D, Zeller D, Harper S, Pauly D, editors, Marine fisheries catches in West Africa, 1950-2010, Part I. Vancouver: University of British Columbia. 2012. p. 41-60. (Fisheries Centre Research Reports; 3).