Fishing

Sector presentation

  • Morocco enjoys an exceptional halieutic bio-diversity and richness: almost 500 species, 60 of these are exploited.
  • While the exploitation is nationwide, it is mainly concentrated in the center and south Atlantic coasts. Small pelagic fish make the majority of these resources (more than 80% of the catches)
  • The industry of processing and valorization of the fishing products process about 70% of the catches of the coastal fishing, and export about 85% of it to over 100 countries worldwide.

Key numbers

Fish farming in Morocco is growing in parallel with the regular fishing activity.

2016 figures:

  • 21 farms
  • 470 tons produced: 289 tons of oysters, and 181 tons of European seabass.
  • 200 full time jobs.

Morocco offer

Sectorial strategy: Strategy Halieutis

To boost this sector, a budget was allocated for Halieutis in 2009 as instructed by Mohammed VI.

This new strategy aims at ensure a sustainable competitiveness of the sector.

Goal: Reach a production of 200,000 tons by 2020, with the ambition to get 11% of the total halieutic production that is supposed to reach 1.75 million of tons by 2020.

Objectives:

  • Increase sustainably the Moroccan halieutic richness
  • Increase the contribution of the sector in the national economy from 8.3 Billion dirhams in 2007 to 22 Billion dirhams in 2020.
  • Increase the jobs on land from 61,650 to 115,000; and indirect jobs from 488,500 to 510,200 by 2020.
  • Reduce the share of non-structured activity from 30% to 15% of the turnover of the sector.
  • Increase the exports value of sea products from 1.2 Billion dirhams in 2007 to 3.1 Billion dirhams.
  • Increase the halieutic production from 1.035 million tons to 1.6 million tons, with an emphasis on developing the fish farming industry.
  • Encourage the domestic consumption of fish to increase from 10kg/person/year to 16kg/person/year.

Source: AMDI