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Mauritania

Fisheries partnership agreement

On 10 July 2015, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania initialled a new, 4-year Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA). The new protocol confirms several decades of cooperation in the field of fisheries, a key sector for the development of Mauritania and one of the pillars of the European strategy for blue growth.

Under the Protocol, the EU fleet will be allowed to fish in Mauritanian waters for shrimp, demersal fish, tuna and small pelagic fish, up to a total of 281 500 tonnes a year, under improved operational conditions. In addition to catches paid for by the European fleet, the EU will pay a financial contribution of € 59.125 million per year to the partnership, out of which € 4.125 million will be used to support local fishing communities in Mauritania.

In line with the EU's fisheries policy, the protocol contributes to responsible fishing and the sustainable management of fisheries resources, including enhanced transparency measures. It seeks to minimise fishing impacts on marine ecosystems and respects the activities of the Mauritanian coastal and artisanal fleets.

The Protocol was signed and entered into provisional application on 16 November 2015. It will enter into force when the necessary procedures for its conclusion have been completed, including the consent of the European Parliament.

Main features of the FPA

Duration of the agreement6 years renewable (30.11.2006 - 29.11.2012; 30.11.2012 - 29.11.2018)
Nature of the FPAMulti-species agreement
Duration of the protocol4 years (from 16.11.2015 to 15.11.2019)
Financial contribution € 59.125 million/year, of which € 4.125/year to support the fisheries sector
Fishing opportunities and fees for ship-owners        Category 1 – Fishing vessels specialising in crustaceans other than spiny lobster and crab (maximum 5 000 tonnes / year; maximum 25 vessels):
Fee: 400 €/t, annual advance fee of 1 000 €/vessel deducted from total fee due.
Category 2 — Black hake (non-freezer) trawlers and bottom long-liners (maximum 6 000 tonnes / year; maximum 6 vessels):
Fee: 90 €/t, annual advance fee of 1 000 €/vessel deducted from total fee due.
Category 3 — Vessels fishing for demersal species other than black hake with gear other than trawls (maximum 3 000 t; maximum 6 vessels):
Fee: 105 €/, annual advance fee of 1 000 €/vessel deducted from total fee due.
Category 4 — Tuna seiners (reference tonnage 12 500 tonnes; maximum 25 vessels):
Fee: 60 €/t in the 1st and 2nd years; 65 €/t in the 3rd year; 70 €/t in the 4th year/. Annual flat-rate advance fee of 1 750 €/vessel.
Category 5 — Pole-and-line tuna vessels and surface long-liners (reference tonnage 7 500 tonnes; maximum 15 vessels):
Fee: 60 €/t in the 1st and 2nd years; 65 €/t in the 3rd year; 70 €/t in the 4th year. Annual flat-rate advance fee of 2 500 €/pole-and-line vessel and of 3 500 €/surface long-liner.
Category 6 — Pelagic freezer trawlers (maximum 225 000 tonnes; maximum 19 vessels):
Fee: 123 €/t, annual advance fee of 5 000 € / vessel deducted from total fee due.
Category 7 — Non-freezer pelagic vessels (maximum 15 000 tonnes/year, deducted from category 6; maximum 2 vessels):
Fee: 123 €/t, annual advance fee of 5 000 € / vessel deducted from total fee due.
Category 8 – Cephalopods: not applicable (no fishing opportunities)

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Mauritania dates back from 1987. The current Fisheries Partnership Agreement was concluded in 2006 and entered into force on 1.08.2006. It was adopted by Council Regulation (EC) No 1801/2006 of 30.11.2006 (OJ L343 of 8.12.2006).

The previous Protocol (2012-2014) to the FPA expired on 15.12.2014:

Current legal framework