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Mauritania and Senegal sign deal amid fishing row

The Atlantic coast is rich in fish stocks, and fishing is key to both nations' economies.

Senegalese President Macky Sall’s official visit to neighbouring Mauritania ended on Tuesday with the two countries signing a number of deals – on security, transport, energy, mining and fishing.

The Atlantic coast is rich in fish stocks, and fishing is key to both nations’ economies.

But decades of mainly European and Asian trawlers scouring the coastline have meant that the waters have been over-fished. There has also been tension between Senegal and Mauritania over fishing rights.

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RFI reports that Mauritania has lifted fines imposed on Senegalese fishermen accused of operating in their waters, as part of efforts to improve relations with its neighbour.

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