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On 10 May, during its plenary session, the European Parliament voted to give its final consent to the new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Mauritania.
The 21st Session of the Fishery Committee for the Central Eastern Atlantic (CECAF) was held in Dakar, Senegal from 20 to 22 April 2016 with the participation of 23 Member countries, including the European Union, as well as observers from different regional and sub-regional fisheries organisations, cooperation agencies and NGOs. The Committee had last met in March 2012.


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