La pêche continentale des petits pélagiques en Mauritanie

Translated title of the contribution: The continental fishing of small pelagics in Mauritania

Assane Dedah Fall*, El Hadj Bara Dème, Cheikhna Yero Gandega, Mohamed Bah, Yeslem El Vally, Pierre Failler

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This study analyses certain socio-economic aspects of continental fishing in Mauritania. It shows that more than 367 pirogues are used for fishing and that more than 3117 people are employed. Of these, 2816 are fishermen, 144 are fishmongers and 157 are processors. Inland fishing, once considered a subsistence activity, with production intended for selfconsumption, is increasingly moving towards commercial fishing. The value of landings is estimated at €19.2 million for landings, €729,564 for processing and €4.45 million for fish trade. The study shows that although inland fishing is carried out alongside and in addition to other activities (livestock farming, agriculture, trade), it is a highly profitable activity for fishermen. This profitability is explained by the low level of investment and the non-payment of taxes and royalties. However, fishermen face a number of constraints, including a lack of fishing equipment and funding.

Translated title of the contributionThe continental fishing of small pelagics in Mauritania
Original languageFrench
Number of pages16
Issue number2
Early online date31 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 2023


  • continental fishing
  • Mauritania
  • small pelagics
  • socio-economics

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