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Cape Verde

Fisheries partnership agreement

The fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and Cape Verde covers the period 1.9.2011-31.8.2014 with a financial contribution of 435 000 € including 110 000 € for supporting the implementation of the sectoral fisheries policy of Cape Verde.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels from Spain, Portugal and France to fish in the Cape Verde waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in West Africa.

Main issues of the FPA

Duration of the Agreement:5 years renewable (30.3.2007-29.3.2012)
Duration of the Protocol: 3 years 
Nature of the FPA : Tuna Fishery Agreement 
Financial contribution: 435 000 €
Fee for ship owners:

35 € per tonne caught (seiners and longliners)
25 € per tonne caught (pole and liners).

Advances:  - Tuna seiners: 4 375 € per year (ref catches: 125 t)
- Surface longliners: 3 150 € per year (ref catches: 90 t)
- Pole and line: 450 € per year (ref catches: 18 t)
Reference tonnage:5 000 t. /year
Fishing possibilities
Tuna seiners1612-28 vessels
Surface longliners26-935 vessels
Pole and line74-11 vessels


The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Cape Verde dates back from 1990.

Current legal framework