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About the 2010 Campaign
The EU is paying Morocco to fish in occupied waters. This is unethical, and undermines the UN's efforts to decolonise Western Sahara.
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See our letter to the EU

On 28 September 2010, 799 organisations, and some 20.000 people signed a letter to the European Commission.

The letter is available in:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Swedish
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Finnish
  • Polish
  • Estonian
  • Romanian
  • Slovenian

    Download the letter here, together with a list of the organisations, individuals and parliamentarians that signed.

    You can also find us on Facebook in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, German, as well as on Twitter.The Fish Elsewhere! campaign is a coalition of NGOs and politicians from 22 EU countries which call on the EU to respect international law, and immediately halt all fishing in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.

    The Fish Elsewhere! campaign demands that the EU-Moroccan Fisheries Partnership Agreement clearly specifies that fishing should only be taking place in the territory that is internationally recognised as Morocco, i.e. north of 27 40 N.

    The current EU fishing offshore occupied Western Sahara - which Morocco occupied in 1975 - is ethically, politically and legally highly problematic, clearly undermining the UN peace efforts.

    The campaign was opened in 2006, when the EU was in the process of signing its current agreement with Morocco.

    Find graphic design elements of the Fish Elsewhere! campaign here.

    Download flyer of the campaign here (and with cropmarks/high-resolution).

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    The EU considers to pay Morocco to fish in occupied Western Sahara. An EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement from 2013 would be both politically controversial and in violation of international law. The international Fish Elsewhere! campaign demands the EU to avoid such unethical operations, and go fishing somewhere else. No fishing in Western Sahara should take place until the conflict is solved.
    عريضة لوقف النهب


    يحضر الاتحاد الاوربي لإبرام اتفاق غير اخلاقي جديد للصيد البحري مع المغرب في سنة 2013.

    مرة اخرى، يعتزم الاتحاد الاوربي الصيد في المياه الاقليمية للصحراء الغربية المحتلة في خرق سافر للقانون الدولي. وقع هذه العريضة للتنديد بذلك.

    "EU fisheries in Western Sahara must be stopped"

    Western Sahara human rights activist Aminatou Haidar hopes for increased attention to the EU plundering of occupied Western Sahara.


    10.04 - 2012
    Guardian: EU taking its over-fishing habits to west African waters?
    15.12 - 2011
    EU Observer: Morocco expels EU fishing boats
    15.12 - 2011
    BBC News: Morocco's fish fight: High stakes over Western Sahara
    15.12 - 2011
    European Voice: MEPs reject EU-Morocco fisheries pact
    15.12 - 2011
    Reuters: EU lawmakers reject Morocco fisheries pact

    Human rights activist Malak Amidane denounces EU fisheries