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The European Union and the Republic of Liberia signed a new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement as well as an associated Protocol which will reinforce cooperation between the two parties, especially in their fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and help the development of the fishing sector of Liberia. The new Partnership Agreement is expected to contribute to Liberia's recovery after the Ebola crisis and is a sign of the EU's confidence in Liberia's economy.
The main Bluefin Tuna fishing season runs from 26 May to 24 June; this is when large vessels, purse seiners, are allowed to fish for Bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic.
The Bluefin tuna fishery is regulated by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to which the EU is a contracting party.

Côte d'Ivoire

Fisheries partnership agreement

The fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and Côte d'Ivoire covers the period 1 July 2007 - 30 June 2013. It is tacitly renewed for 6-year periods.

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

Main issues of the FPA

Duration of the Agreement:6 years renewable (1.7.2007—30.6.2013)
Duration of the Protocol:5 years (1.7.2013—30.6.2018)
Initialisation:5 April 2007
Nature of the FPA: Tuna Fishery Agreement
Financial contribution: 680 000 €/year. Including 257 500€/year to the support of the fisheries sector.
Fee for ship owners: 35 € per tonne caught.
Advances:Tuna seiners: 5 390€ per year (ref catches: 154t)
Surface longliners: 1 960 € per year (ref catches: 56 t)
Reference tonnage: 6 500 t./year

 

CURRENT PROTOCOL
Fishing possibilities
 SpainFrancePortugalTotal
Tuna seiners1612-28 vessels
Surface longliners7-310 vessels

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Côte d'Ivoire dates back from 1990.

Current Legal Framework