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Guinea-Bissau

Fisheries partnership agreement

The current fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and Guinea-Bissau started on 16 June 2007. It is tacitly renewed for 4-year periods.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France to fish in Guinea-Bissau's waters. It is a multi-species agreement covering tuna as well as cephalopods, shrimps and demersal species. The agreement is part of the tuna network of fisheries agreements in West Africa and is one of only 3 multi-species agreements in the region (the others being Morocco and Mauritania).

Main issues of the FPA

Duration of the Agreement: 4 years renewable (16.6.2007 - 15.6.2011; 16.6.2011 - 15.6.2015)
Duration of the Protocol:3 years (24.11.2014—23.11.2017)
Nature of the FPAMulti-species agreement
Financial contribution9.200.000 €/year, including 3.000.000 €/year to support the fisheries sector
Fee for ship ownersPole and line: 25 € per tonne caught
Seiners and long-liners: 35€ per tonne caught with a minimum of 3.150 €/vessel
Fish & cephalopods: 256 €/GRT/year (increase if biannual or quarterly licences)
Shrimps: 344€/GRT/year (increase if biannual or quarterly licences)
Advances (non-refundable)Pole and line: 550 € per year (ref catches: 22t)
Long-liners and seiners: 3.500 € per year (ref catches: 100 t)
Reference tonnageNo
CURRENT PROTOCOL - Fishing opportunities
ESFRITGRPORTOTAL
Shrimp2.500 GRT - -140
GRT
1.060 GRT3.700 GRT
Fish and cephalopods  2.900GRT -375 GRT225 GRT -3.500 GRT
Seiners & long-liners1412 - -228 vessels
Pole and line93 - - -12 vessels

History

The current Protocol with Guinea-Bissau was negotiated and initialed between the parties in February 2012. Due to the military coup in Guinea-Bissau on 12 April 2012, the adoption of the protocol was suspended by the Council. Following the restoration of constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau, on 16 October 2014 the Council adopted the decision on signature and provisional application of the Protocol.

Current legal framework