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The European Commission welcomes Morocco’s ratification of a Fisheries Protocol which is set to open the door for European vessels to go back fishing in Moroccan waters after a pause of more than two years. The European Union and Morocco had concluded the 4-year fisheries deal in December 2013, however its entry into force was pending ratification by Morocco.


Fisheries partnership agreement

The fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and Comoros covers the period 1.1.2005 – 31.12.2011 and has been tacitly renewed for a period of 7 years. The protocol covers the period 1.1.2014 – 30.12.2016.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels mainly from Spain, France and Portugal to fish in the Comoros waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.

Main features of the FPA

Duration of the agreement:7 years renewable (1.1.2005 - 31.12.2011, tacitly renewed from 1.1.2012 to 31.12.2018)
Duration of the protocol: 3 years (1.1.2014 – 30.12.2016)
Initialisation: 5.7.2014
Nature of the FPA : Tuna Fishery Agreement 
Financial contribution: 600 000 € out of which 300 000 € have been earmarked for the support of the Comoros fisheries policy in order to promote sustainability in its waters.
Fee for ship owners:  55 € per tonne caught.
Advances:  - Tuna seiners: 4 235 € per year (ref catches: 77 t)
- Surface longliners: 2 475 € per year (ref catches: 45 t)
Reference tonnage: 6 000 t./year
Fishing possibilities
Tuna seiners2121-42 vessels
Surface longliners89320 vessels


The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Comoros dates back from 1988.

Current legal framework