The Islamic Republic of Mauritania has been a FiTI Candidate country since December 2018.

Mauritania is renowned for its abundant and diverse fisheries resources. Nearly 600 fish species have been inventoried, of which more than 200 are commercially exploitable. The importance that marine fisheries play for Mauritania in fulfilling the economic, employment, food security, and nutrition needs of its people cannot be underestimated.

Commitment to implement the FiTI:3 February 2016
FiTI Lead Ministry:Ministry of Economic Affairs and Promotion of Productive Sectors
FiTI National Lead:Mr. Mohamed Salem Nany
Contact within the FiTI International Secretariat:Mr. Mansor Ndour
National implementation partner(s):Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM)

Candidate application

The FiTI International Board approved Mauritania’s Candidate application on 13 December 2018 during its 5th Board meeting.

FiTI Reports

No.Calendar yearTransparency requirementsSubmission dateDownload
12018618 May 20212018 FiTI Report
22019 & 20201224 March 20222019/20 FiTI Report (Summary)
2019/20 FiTI Report (Detailed)

Mauritania’s next FiTI Report, covering calendar year 2021, will be provided by April 2023.


The FiTI International Board has not validated Mauritania against the FiTI Standard yet. However, the FiTI International Board has tasked the FiTI International Secretariat to launch the validation process in accordance with the FiTI Standard (section D.1) for Mauritania; time frame: December 2018 until March 2022 [Decision ID: BM-14_2021_D-04 and BM-16_2022_D-03]. It is currently expected that the validation will be completed by December 2022.

Relevant posts

  • Mauritania releases 2nd FiTI Report, boosting access to fisheries information for calendar years 2019 and 2020
    22 April 2022. Mauritania today published its second annual report to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), in another significant step strengthening the country’s efforts to improve transparency in fisheries management. The report covers information for calendar years 2019 and 2020, as well as all twelve transparency requirements of the FiTI Standard.
  • Webinar: Transparency of fisheries in Mauritania (and beyond) | 27 July 2021
    This webinar, jointly organized by the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) and the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM), will recognize the launch of Mauritania’s first FiTI report and discuss future opportunities and challenges of making transparency in fisheries management the global norm. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 27 July 2021 at 2 p.m. UTC | 4 p.m. CEST. English and French translation is provided.
  • Mauritania launches its 1st FiTI Report!
    Today, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania launched its first ever report to the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI), marking an important step to enhancing the public availability of credible fisheries management information.
  • Mauritania shares experience in providing first FiTI workplan
    NOUAKCHOTT – 28 February 2018.  In December 2018, Mauritania became the first country to be granted the official status of a FiTI Candidate country, after fulfilling all six FiTI sign-up steps.
  • Mauritania becomes 1st FiTI Candidate country
    BERLIN – 12-13 December 2018. 2018 ended with an important milestone for the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) : the submission by the Government of Mauritania of its official Candidate Appplication to the FiTI. The application arrived just before the 5th meeting of the International Board and was presented to the Board at the meeting. The Board reviewed the application and emphasised the conscientious and thorough work that Mauritania invested in the FiTI sign-up step process.
  • PRCM & FiTI join forces to promote fisheries transparency in West Africa
    CONAKRY – 27 October 2017. The FiTI International Secretariat and the West African Regional Marine and Coastal Conservation Programme (PRCM) formalised their cooperation in promoting more responsible and sustainable fisheries through enhanced transparency and participation in the West African coastal countries. Both organisations have been working together since 2016 to accompany the FiTI implementation in Guinea, upon request from the Guinean Government.
  • Mauritania consolidates progress towards a FiTI Candidate application
    NOUAKCHOTT – 12-15 September 2017.  For the first visit since the transition of the FiTI to its implementation phase, the FiTI International Secretariat conducted a country visit in Mauritania to assess the current implementation status of the FiTI.
  • 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Launching a new era of transparency and participation in fisheries
    INDONESIA – 27 April 2017. The 2nd International Conference of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative, hosted by the Government of Indonesia, launched a new era of transparency and participation in fisheries through the adoption of the first FiTI Standard (see here) and the launch of the first FiTI International Board (see here).
  • Mauritania launches its FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group
    NOUAKCHOTT – 13 January 2017. Mauritania became the first country to launch its FiTI National Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG), the main national decision-making body in charge of overseeing the implementation of the initiative in a country. Reflecting the multi-stakeholder approach of the FiTI, the FiTI National MSG is composed of representatives from government, business and the civil society, all equally represented.
  • SRFC & FiTI Secretariat partner to enhance transparent and inclusive fisheries
    DAKAR/BERLIN, 18 May 2016. Efforts to enhance sustainable fisheries are stepping up in the West-African region, after the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and the International Secretariat of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) signed a partnership agreement to promote transparency and participation in fisheries.
  • Mauritania urges world to fight fishing secrecy; three more countries commit
    Mauritania launches a global fisheries transparency initiative, unlocking a major obstacle to sustainable fishing; Indonesia, Senegal, and the Seychelles announce their commitment too.
  • Mauritania continues support for the development of the FiTI
    Following the Fisheries Transparency Initiative’s first International Conference in Nouakchott / Mauritania, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania renewed its support for the FiTI by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the HUMBOLDT-VIADRINA Governance Platform, acting as the International Secretariat of the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).
  • GUEST ARTICLE – Stakeholders of Mauritanian fisheries sector want to set an example for FiTI implementation
    NOUADHIBOU, 26-28 January 2016. For generations, Mauritania’s rich fishing grounds have been source of employment, income and protein for the Mauritanian population. The marine resources of the country even attract fishing vessels from very remote locations to fish in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
  • MEDIA ADVISORY – Mauritania to launch new fisheries transparency initiative
    On Wednesday, February 3rd, Mauritania will launch a global fisheries initiative, the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) at an international one-day conference in its capital, Nouakchott. A global initiative, the FiTI will improve fisheries management in Mauritania and in implementing countries.
  • Mauritania eyes multiple benefits of transparent fisheries management
    NOUAKCHOTT, 4 October 2015. Mauritania is stepping up its engagement with FiTI, with both national and international organizations offering opinions and advice as a FiTI Secretariat team visited the West African country.
  • INTERVIEW – Minister reiterates Mauritanian commitment to implement the FiTI
    With some of the world’s most abundant fishing grounds along its 600 km coastline separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Sahara Desert, Mauritania has great hopes that the new Fisheries Transparency Initiative will help the country improve its fisheries management by making the sector more transparent.
  • Visit to Mauritania gives shape to FiTI
    On May 18th-19th, Peter Eigen and the FiTI’s interim program director Sven Biermann conducted the first country visit to Mauritania. The goal of this visit was to meet with key national and international stakeholders and discuss concrete next steps.
  • Transparency is key to fisheries, Peter Eigen emphasizes at World Bank Spring Meeting
    Peter Eigen, Chair of the FiTI International Advisory Group, was invited to participate in the World Bank’s Spring Meeting side event “Improving livelihoods and creating wealth through sustainable fisheries” in Washington on April 16, 2015 to speak about the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI).
  • Mauritanian President announces the launch of the FiTI
    On January 18-19th 2015, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania hosted the “High level conference on transparency and sustainable development in Africa” in Nouakchott, Mauritania. The conference welcomed a number of Heads of African States, officials from several governments as well as high representatives of the European Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen — Founder of Transparency International and Co-Founder of […]