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The European Union and the Republic of Liberia signed a new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement as well as an associated Protocol which will reinforce cooperation between the two parties, especially in their fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and help the development of the fishing sector of Liberia. The new Partnership Agreement is expected to contribute to Liberia's recovery after the Ebola crisis and is a sign of the EU's confidence in Liberia's economy.
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.

Mauritius

Fisheries partnership agreement

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
 SPAINFRANCEITALYPORTUGALUKTOTAL
Tuna seiners22162-141 vessels
Surface longliners1229-4-45 vessels

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the Community and Mauritius dates back from 1989.

Current Legal Framework