Western Sahara Resource Watch last week wrote about a new case of a former Norwegian vessel discarding fish in occupied Western Sahara.
The export of old Norwegian fishing vessels to Western Sahara constitutes a large problem, according to Greenpeace. A substantial part of the private fisheries fleet in occupied Western Sahara consists of old Norwegian fishing vessels. In 2014 The Norwegian Support Committee for Western Sahara wrote about the vessel Adrar, former Bømmelbas, which had dumped 1000 tonnes of sardines in 2013.
The new case of discards took place earlier this year, from the vessel Buland (ex-Røttingøy).
Both Røttingøy and Bømmelbas had been used by Moroccan generals with licences in Western Sahara.
Audun Maråk, CEO of the Norwegian Fishing Vessel Owners Association, told the newspaper, FiskeribladetFiskaren on 10 May told:
“I have commented on this issue before. Our association do not wish to see that Norwegian fisheries industry is associated with such illegal acts, particularly when no Norwegian players are involved".
As a consequence of the increased global food prices, a nutrition crisis is already developing among Saharawi children in Algeria.
A group of Saharawi political prisoners today filed a legal complaint against Morocco in to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The Saharawi student activist Mohammed Layichi has been on hunger strike for almost a month.
A group of friends for Western Sahara consisting of representatives from all nine political parties was established today in the Norwegian parliament