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Following the conclusion of the new Coastal State mackerel agreement, which was signed in London on 12 March, agreement was reached on 13 March between the European Union and the Faroe Islands on reciprocal exchanges of fishing opportunities in each other’s waters for 2014. This agreement follows a period of four years, during which time the Parties had not concluded arrangements, due to the long-standing mackerel dispute.

Madagascar

Fisheries partnership agreement

The current protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Madagascar was signed on 6 December 2012 and covers the period 1 January 2013 – 31 December 2014 with a financial contribution of 1 525 000 EUR per year out of which 550 000 EUR is dedicated to the support of the fisheries policy of Madagascar.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal and France to fish in the Malagasy waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.

Main issues of the FPA

Duration of the Agreement:6 years renewable (1.1.2007– 31.12.2012)
Duration of the Protocol:2 years (1.1.2013 – 31.12.2014)
Initialisation:  10 May 2012
Nature of the FPA :Tuna Fishery Agreement 
Financial contribution: 1 525 000 EUR per year out of which 550 000 EUR has been earmarked for the support of the Magalasy sectoral fisheries policy in order to promote sustainability in its waters.
Fee for ship owners:  35 € per tonne caught.
Advances:   - Tuna seiners: 4 900 EUR per year (ref catches: 140 t)
- Surface longliners >100 GT: 3 675 EUR per year (ref catches: 105 t)
- Surface longliners =or < 100 GT: 1 750 EUR per year (ref catches: 50 t)
Reference tonnage: 15 000 t./year

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Madagascar dates back from 1986.

Current Legal Framework