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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.
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Kiribati

Fisheries partnership agreement

The new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement concluded between the EU and Kiribati covers the period 16.9.2012 – 15.9.2015.

Main features of the FPA

Duration of the agreement6 years renewable (16.9.2012 – 15.9.2018)
Duration of the Protocol3 years (16.9.2012 – 15.9.2015)
Initialisation3.6.2012
Nature of the FPATuna Fisheries Partnership Agreement 
Financial contribution: 1 325 000 €/year out of which 350 000 €/year (26 %) has been earmarked for the support of the Kiribati sectoral fisheries policy.
Fee for ship owners:  

35 € per tonne caught:

- 131 250 € per purse seiner
- 15 000 € per long-liner

Special contribution for fishing authorisation for ship owners300 000 € per purse seiner
Reference tonnage:   

15 000 t./year

CURRENT PROTOCOL
Fishing possibilities
 SPAINFRANCEPORTUGALTOTAL
Tuna seiners31-4 vessels
Surface longliners3-36 vessels

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Kiribati dates back from 2003. It was the first fisheries agreement to be negotiated in the Pacific.

Current legal framework