The fisheries partnership agreement has been concluded between the EU and Gabon for 6 years tacitly renewable.
This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels from Spain and France to fish in the Gabonese 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 tacitly|
|Duration of the Protocol||3 years (24.07.2013-23.07.2016)|
|Signature and provisional application||24 July 2013|
|Conclusion of the agreement||14 April 2014|
|Nature of the FPA||Tuna Fishery Agreement|
|Financial contribution||1.350.000 € out of which 1/3 has been earmarked for the promotion of sustainability through Gabon’s national fisheries policy.|
|Fee for ship owners||55 € until 24.07.2014, then 65 € per tonne caught.|
|Access fee||- 13 750 € per year for tuna seiners and poles and lines|
|Maximum tonnage||20,000 t./year|
|CURRENT PROTOCOL - Fishing possibilities|
|Tuna seiners||12||15||27 vessels|
|Poles and lines vessels||7||1||8 vessels|
The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Gabon dates back to 1998.
Current Legal Framework
- COUNCIL DECISION of 14 April 2014 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Gabonese Republic (2014/232/EU) (OJ L 125/48 26.04.2014)
- Agreement and initial protocol adopted by Council Regulation 450/2007 of 16.04.2007 (OJ L109 of 26.04.2007).
- The text of the protocol was published in the OJ L 250 of 20.09.2013.
- COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 897/2013 of 22 July 2013 on the allocation of the fishing opportunities under the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Gabonese Republic (OJ L 250, 20.09.2013)