On 23 February 2012 the European Union and Mauritius initialled a new Fishery Partnership Agreement (FPA) and Protocol.
The new fisheries protocol concluded between the European Union and Mauritius covers the period 28.1.2014 – 27.1.2017 with a financial contribution of 660 000 € out of which 302 500 € for targeted actions for the development of the fisheries sector.
It allows vessels from Spain, France, Portugal, Italy and the United Kingdom to fish in the Mauritian 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 for 3 years|
|Duration of the Protocol:||3 years (28.1.2014 - 27.1.2017)|
|Nature of the FPA:||Tuna Fishery Agreement|
|Financial contribution:||660 000 € out of which 302 500 € for targeted actions for the development of the fisheries sector|
|Fee for ship owners:||35 € per tonne caught.|
|Advances:||- Tuna Seiners: 3710 € for ref catches: 106t)
- Surface longliners: 3150 € ref catches: 90 t for vessels of more than 100 GT; 1750 €, ref catches: 50 t for vessels of equal to/less than 100 GT)
|Reference tonnage:||5 500 t./year|
|CURRENT PROTOCOL - Fishing possibilities|
|Tuna seiners||22||16||2||-||1||41 vessels|
|Surface longliners||12||29||-||4||-||45 vessels|
The first fisheries agreement concluded between the Community and Mauritius dates back from 1989.
Current Legal Framework
- Framework agreement and current protocol: The Framework Agreement and its ongoing Protocol have been concluded by Council decision No 2014/146/EU on 28.1.2014 (OJ L 79 of 18.3.2014) and entered into force on 28.01.2014.