Our story of the month comes from Mauritius. Financed under the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (SFPA) between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius, the project offers technical assistance for local fishers cooperatives for purchasing canoes and semi-industrial boats.
The new, semi-industrial fishing boat purchased with the support of the EU enable the fishers to go out for longer fishing trips without docking at the coast and with a larger crew. This allows the fishers to catch larger catches with higher value species that they can sell on the markets. These new opportunities have changed the mentality of the local fishers from family livelihood activities to business management and increased the opportunities of a decent life for fishers. These successful projects have the potential to inspire other fishers’ cooperatives to go into the same direction.
- Publication date
- 5 December 2019
- Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries