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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in Net & Captain's Wheel 5 Santimat Morocco Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (1974)

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in Net & Captain's Wheel 5 Santimat Morocco Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (1974)

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in Net & Captain's Wheel 5 Santimat Morocco Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (1974)

Commemorative issue: F.A.O.
Reverse: Tuna fish in a fishing net under the captain’s wheel and the value to the lower right
Lettering: 1974 1394
5 خمس سنتيمات
Translation: 1974 1394
5 Five santimat

Obverse: The arms of Morocco and the country name above
Lettering: المملكة المغربية
Translation: The Kingdom of Morocco

Issuer Morocco
King al-Hassan II (1961-1999)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1394 (1974)
Calendar Islamic (Hijri)
Value 5 Centimes
0.05 MAD = 0.0056 USD
Currency Dirham (1960-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 2 g
Diameter 17.48 mm
Thickness 1.25 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 802
References Y# 59, Schön# 51, KM# MS2

Fisheries sector
The fisheries sector accounts for 3% of Morocco's GDP. The government estimates the number of direct and indirect jobs at 400,000 (including 104,000 fishermen). The small-scale fisheries sector (100,000 people) lags far behind other branches of the fishing industry owing to the lack of infrastructure and of harbour facilities and plant.

The fishing grounds in the Canary Current off Morocco's west coast are exceptionally rich in sardines, bonito, and tuna, but the country lacks the modern fleets and processing facilities to benefit fully from these marine resources. An important part of a major trade agreement Morocco concluded with the European Union in 1996 concerned fishing rights, by which the EU pays Morocco an annual fee to allow vessels (mainly Spanish) to fish Moroccan waters. A new four-year fishery agreement with the European Union will allow European vessels, mostly from Spain, to operate in Moroccan and Western Saharan waters in exchange for an economic compensation programme, which the National Fishery Office of Morocco intends to use to boost modernisation of its domestic fishery sector.

Fate of Bluefin Tuna Dangles in Morocco
Posted on November 14, 2012 by Tafline Laylin

Delegates from around the world have gathered in Morocco to determine the fate of a fish. It’s a strange thing – men and women in suits locked behind closed doors, poring over statistics and spreadsheets, jockeying for position and power – all to decide how many bluefin tuna may be legally hauled out of the Atlantic each year.

Rarely has a species caused so much rancor, but the coffers of thousands of people will either expand or shrink depending on what new quotas are set at the 18th Special Meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna in Agadir. Although stocks are gradually improving thanks to past quotas, conservation experts warn that the species is in no way out of danger.

Caps on bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean have allowed the species to recover, although there is cause to believe that limits are not honored and overfishing still occurs. The Bluefin Tuna industry has high stakes since the muscular meat sells for a premium.

“In January 2012, a prime, 593-lb (269-kg) bluefin tuna sold in a Japanese fish market for $736,000 (¥56.49 million), a world record,” according to National Geographic.

With one of the world’s most aggressive fishing fleets, Spain has been pressing the European Union to increase the number of fish that can be caught in advance of the current cap’s pending expiration.

“The fate of bluefin tuna depends on an international negotiation decided almost entirely by fishermen,” said Catherine Kilduff, an attorney from the Center for Biological Diversity. “For the sake of not repeating the mistakes of a long history of mismanagement, we urge votes that will cap bluefin tuna fishing at current levels.”

“There are still too many boats for too few fish to be sustainably caught,” said Dr Sergi Tudela, head of fisheries for WWF-Mediterranean.

“ICCAT scientists are clear this year that the fishing quotas must not increase to enable Atlantic bluefin tuna to fully recover over the next decade,” Tudela said.” WWF calls on ICCAT contracting parties to stick to this recommendation.”

The press were invited to attend the opening ceremony of this year’s meeting in Agadir, which opened on Nov. 12 and closes on Nov. 19, but are not permitted to participate in any subsequent meetings, a sign of how carefully the quotas will be vetted.


The government of Morocco describes the coat of arms as follows:

Gules, in chief a demi-sun rising, with 15 rays or on a background azure; supported by a fess in bar enarched vert, fusily or and argent; the whole surcharged by a mullet (pentalpha) vert. The shield ensigned by the Royal Crown of Morocco or, embellished with pearls alternately gules and vert; it is bordered with lamrequins or, sustained on 2 cornucopias and supported by two lions proper: the one in dexter in profile and in sinister affronté.

The shield has a scroll or with a verse from Quran: In Tansourou Allaha Yansouroukoum

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