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On 10 May, during its plenary session, the European Parliament voted to give its final consent to the new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Mauritania.
The 21st Session of the Fishery Committee for the Central Eastern Atlantic (CECAF) was held in Dakar, Senegal from 20 to 22 April 2016 with the participation of 23 Member countries, including the European Union, as well as observers from different regional and sub-regional fisheries organisations, cooperation agencies and NGOs. The Committee had last met in March 2012.


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