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aps.dz.- BRUSSELS – The quantities of frozen fish from Western Sahara, illegally exported by Morocco in 2019, are around 139,000 tonnes for $ 100 million, reveals a new report by the Western Sahara Resources Watch Observatory (WSRW).

“According to what WSRW was able to establish, 23 transshipments on 19 different refrigerated vessels took place in the waters near Dakhla” city of occupied Western Sahara, “during the calendar year 2019,” said the observatory.

WSRW’s most conservative estimate of the value of this quantity of frozen fish using the world price of sardines as a benchmark is around $ 100 million.

The volume observed in 2019 is almost similar to what WSRW had observed the previous year.

In 2018, WSRW reported having found 25 cases of transshipment of Sahrawi fish on a refrigerated vessel in the same anchorage of Dakhla, involving refrigerated vessels (reefer in English). The quantity has been estimated at around 150,000 tonnes.

A transhipment at sea is the transfer of a cargo from one boat to another, in this case from a fishing vessel to a refrigerator.

The practice of transshipments off Dakhla has been going on for decades. The area where transshipments take place is also called “Lasarka”.

Export destinations are mainly African countries: Côte d’Ivoire (Abidjan), Nigeria (Lagos / Warri / Port Harcourt / Bonny), Ghana (Tema), Togo (Lomé), Benin (Cotonou), Democratic Republic of Congo (Boma) and Morocco (Agadir).