Fishing Port of Essaouira

Fishing port of Essaouira

In the 19th and early 20th century, Essaouira was the major port in Morocco for the import of cotton cloth. In turn it fed not only Moroccan demand but the trans-Sahara trade. The Port of Essaouira declined because of the rise of Agadir and Casablanca. The harbor does not have the necessary draught for larger shipping. It remains an important fishing port especially for sardines.The port is also an important shipyard for trawlers.

The port is always very active and colorful, in particular when fishermen come back and sell the product of their fishing on open outcry, surrounded by hundreds of seagulls. The smaller blue boats go out for fishing when the wind is blowing little and there are no high waves.