On 23 February 2012 the European Union and Mauritius initialed a new Fishery Partnership Agreement (FPA) and Protocol (see press release). The legislative process for the adoption of the new protocol is ongoing.
The previous fisheries protocol concluded between the Community and Mauritius covered the period 3 December 2003 – 2 December 2007 with a financial contribution of 487 500 € out of which 195 000 € for targeted actions for the development of the fisheries sector.
This fisheries agreement allowed community vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal, France and Italy to fish in the Mauritian waters and was part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.
As from 2.12.2007, there is no protocol in force.
Main issues of the previous FPA
|Duration of the Agreement:||3 years renewable|
|Duration of the Protocol:||4 years (3.12.2003-2.12.2007)|
|Nature of the FPA:||Tuna Fishery Agreement|
|Financial contribution:||487 500 € out of which 195 000 € for targeted actions for the development of the fisheries sector.|
|Fee for ship owners:||25 € per tonne caught.|
|Advances:||- Tuna Seiners: 25 €/tonne of fish caught (€ 2000, ref catches: 80t)
- Surface longliners: 25 €/tonne of fish caught (1550 €, ref catches: 62 t for vessels of more than 150 grt; 1100 €, ref catches: 44 t for vessels of equal to/less than 150 grt)
- Pole and line vessels: 80 €/year/grt, pro rata temporis
|Reference tonnage:||6 500 t./year|
|Tuna seiners||22||16||2||-||1||41 vessels|
|Surface longliners||19||23||-||7||-||49 vessels|
|By line||-||25||-||-||-||25 vessels|
The first fisheries agreement concluded between the Community and Mauritius dates back from 1989.
Legal history of the fisheries agreements
The legal history of the fisheries agreements can be accessed through EUR-Lex. To search please type "MAURITIUS" in the field "Search for", and type "FISH*" in the field "with". Then click the button "search".