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INSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish

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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.


Fisheries partnership agreement

The new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement concluded between the EU and Greenland covers the period 1.1.2013 – 31.12.2015.

Main features of the FPA

Duration of the agreement:6 years renewable (1.1.2013 – 31.12.2018)
Duration of the protocol: 3 years (1.1.2013 – 31.12.2015)
Initialisation:  3.2.2012
Nature of the FPA: Mixed agreement but allocation of quotas is submitted to the TAC and quota regulation
Financial contribution:

15 104 203 € including a financial reserve of 1 500 000 € for additional quantities of species as set out in the protocol.
2 743 041 € per year for the support and implementation of Greenlandic sectoral fisheries policy.

License fees
Species€/per ton
Greenland halibut129
Shrimp - East50
Shrimp - West80
Atlantic halibut217
Fishing possibilities as set out in the protocol
Cod2 200
Pelagic Redfish3 000
Demersal Redfish2 000
Greenland Halibut - West2 500
Greenland Halibut - East4 315
Shrimp - West3 400
Shrimp - East7 500
Atlantic halibut - West200
Atlantic halibut - East200
Capelin60 000
Grenadier spp. - West100
Grenadier spp. - East100
Total85 765


The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Greenland which dates back to 1985 was concluded for an initial period of ten years and thereafter extended for additional six-year periods until it was replaced by the fisheries partnership agreements. The first fisheries agreement was implemented by successive protocols.

Current legal framework