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Gabon

Fisheries partnership agreement

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 Agreement6 years renewable tacitly 
Duration of the Protocol3 years (24.07.2013-23.07.2016)
Signature and provisional application24 July 2013
Conclusion of the agreement14 April 2014
Nature of the FPATuna Fishery Agreement
Financial contribution1.350.000 € out of which 1/3 has been earmarked for the promotion of sustainability through Gabon’s national fisheries policy.
Fee for ship owners55 € 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
 SPAINFRANCETOTAL
Tuna seiners151227 vessels
Poles and lines vessels718 vessels

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Gabon dates back to 1998.

Current Legal Framework

  • The text of the current protocol was published in the OJ L 250 of 20.09.2013. It was signed and entered in provisional application on the 24.07.2013 as authorised by COUNCIL DECISION  of 22 July 2013, (2013/462/EU).
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Agreement and initial protocol adopted by Council Regulation 450/2007 of 16.04.2007 (OJ L109 of 26.04.2007).