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INSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable FishINSEPARABLE - Eat, Buy and Sell Sustainable Fish

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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.


Fisheries partnership agreement

The fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and the Federated States of Micronesia covers the period 26.2.2007 – 25.2.2016.

The new Protocol is currently in the ratification phase and for the time being it is not applied provisionally. There is no Protocol in force since 25 February 2010.

Main features of the FPA

Duration of the Agreement:9 years renewable for a period of 3 years (26.2.2007 – 25.2.2016)
Duration of the Protocol: 3 years (in the ratification phase)
Nature of the FPA: Tuna Fishery Agreement 
Financial contribution: 559 000 € out of which 27 % has been earmarked for the support of the Micronesian sectoral fisheries policy in order to promote sustainability in its waters.
Fee for ship owners:35 € per tonne caught.
Advances:  - Tuna seiners: 15 000 € per year (ref catches: 428 t.)
- Surface longliners: 4200 € per year (ref catches: 120 t.)
Reference tonnage:  8 000 t./year
Fishing possibilities
Tuna seiners516 vessels
Surface longliners12-12 vessels


This Fisheries Partnership Agreement is the first to be signed between the EC and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Current legal framework