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The seafood industry in Morocco

The fish processing and value-added industry holds a privileged position in the Moroccan economy, accounting for 52% of Moroccan food exports and 10% of total exports. This industry processes nearly 70% of coastal fishing catches and exports approximately 85% of its production to 146 countries.

The processing and valorization industry of fish products holds a privileged position in the Moroccan economy, accounting for 50% of agri-food exports and 8% of total exports. This industry processes nearly 70% of coastal fishing catches and exports approximately 85% of its production to around a hundred countries across all five continents. In 2020, this industry achieved an export tonnage of 671,249 tons with a value of 21 billion Moroccan Dirhams. Today, Morocco is an essential regional platform for the valorization and export of fish products. The fishing industry sector encompasses activities such as fish canning, semi-preservation of fish, packaging for the export of fresh seafood, freezing, fish meal and oil production, and processing of marine algae.

Secteurs d'activité

The canned fish industry

An activity guaranteeing quality : The sector benefits from the ancestral expertise, the modern technicality and the availability and abundance of the authentic halieutic products on the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, in particular the Moroccan sardine, the central and emblematic product of our activity.   The treatment and conservation of fish meet the international standards and requirements, for a qualitative, nutritious and tasty product.

The semi-preserved fish industry

A refined and revisited antique know-how :

The semi-canning industry includes salting, marinades, and the processing of Moroccan fish. It is the result of the long evolution of ancestral know-how that allows us to obtain a qualitative production, sought and appreciated throughout the world. An ambassador of the Moroccan Sea, the anchovy is the flagship species of our activity.

The fish meal and fish oil industry

Sea derivatives: a wealth with high potential :

Following extensive scientific research, the fishmeal and oil manufacturing industry still has a lot to offer: aquaculture, pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics, agri-food, etc.  Numerous sectors can enjoy the nutritional and health benefits of fishmeal and fish oil.

The seafood freezing industry

Seafood freezing: an industry with numerous assets :

The diversity of the fishing heritage, the proximity of catching areas, as well as the improvement of the disembarking and reception infrastructures favor a varied and qualitative production, bolstering international competitiveness.  The processing of products is carried out in compliance with national and international quality and traceability standards, throughout the value chain.

The aquaculture industry

Moroccan aquaculture: a successful and sustainable sector :

Aquaculture is a booming sector in Morocco, which contributes significantly to the national economy and food security. The investment in modern and sustainable technologies ensures a varied and qualitative production. The aquaculture sector is committed to respecting environmental standards and to responsibly managing Moroccan fisheries resources.

Transformation des Algues Marine en Agar

L’industrie d’extraction d’agar a plus de 50 ans d’âge au Maroc. Au cours de ce demi-siècle d’existence elle s’est attachée à développer une valorisation maximale de cette matière première naturelle renouvelable du littoral que sont les algues.

Mar oc Importantes Ressources

“Working together to support the Sustainable, Innovative, and Efficient Development of the Fishing Industry in Morocco”

The development vision of the fishing sector adopted by FENIP and its Member Associations revolves around three priority axes:

  • Performance
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation

Morocco indeed has undeniable advantages when it comes to fisheries resources. The Kingdom is blessed with a coastline located along the Atlantic and Mediterranean shores, which provides highly favorable hydroclimatic characteristics. The region benefits from steady winds and upwelling, which bring up nutrient-rich cold deep waters. These conditions have made the area one of the most fish-abundant in the world.

Morocco as a Platform for Fish Product Processing and Export

To the World

The modern and diversified fishing industry

Significant fishery resources

The Moroccan marine fishery resources are highly diversified. The exploited stocks are dominated by small pelagic species and cephalopods. Among these two families, sardines and octopuses are the most important species in terms of total catches. The abundance of high-quality raw materials has facilitated the development of a modern and diverse seafood processing industry in Morocco, which has successfully reached over 146 destinations worldwide.

Unique Taste

Moroccan seafood products have a unique taste that is sought after by discerning seafood connoisseurs and consumers around the world.


Taste Quality

Moroccan seafood products are rich in unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, proteins, and other sought-after elements, making them highly desirable for consumers.


Modern Industry

The processing and valorization activities of seafood products are organized into six branches within 399 establishments in Morocco.


Compliance with Standards

Motivated by its position as a major fish-exporting country, Moroccan seafood processing units adhere to the strict requirements of the most demanding markets. They recognize the importance of meeting international standards and regulations to maintain their reputation as a reliable and high-quality seafood supplier.