Western Sahara’s coastal fishing zones have long been considered part of Morocco’s Fisheries Partnership Agreement with the European Union despite the contested nature of Moroccan sovereignty over the territory. Since 1988/89, the European Union (lobbied mostly by Spain, France, and Portugal) has entered into multiple trade agreements with Morocco. Under the current arrangement, Morocco takes in roughly 30 million Euros annually (14 million of which are earmarked for fishery development) with an additional 10 million expected from fees paid by ship owners. While catches made by foreign fleets have decreased in the period following the “Green March” of 1975, fishing efforts have increased, which may potentially indicate overuse of these fishing areas. These fishing deals, which are signed into existence without the consent of the Sahrawi people, are not beneficial to them, continuously displace them from the fishing industry, and harm the fishing waters that lay off their coasts. The Moroccan government is dependent on these agreements for funding; in December of 2016, when the Court of Justice of the European Union decreed that the Western Sahara was not subject to EU-Moroccan trade agreements, the Moroccan King leveraged the migrant crisis against the EU, stating that the termination of such an agreement would detriment Morocco’s economy and cause waves of migration to Europe. At present, the issue stands in limbo and multiple appeals have been filed against the recent ruling of the CJEU.