São Tomé and Principe
The fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and São Tomé and Príncipe covers the period 1.6.2006 - 31.5.2010 and has been tacitly renewed for a period of 4 years. The protocol covers the period 13.5.2011 - 12.5.2014, with an annual financial contribution of 682 500 € out of which a specific contribution of 227 500 € is dedicated to the support of the fisheries policy of São Tomé and Príncipe.
This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal and France to fish in the São Tomé and Príncipe waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in West Africa.
Main features of the FPA
|Duration of the agreement:||4 years renewable (1.6.2006 – 31.5.2010, tacitly renewed from 01.06.2010 to 31.05.2014)|
|Duration of the protocol:||3 years (13.5.2011 – 12.5.2014)|
|Nature of the FPA:||Tuna Fishery Agreement|
|Financial contribution:||682 500 € out of which 227 500 € have been earmarked for the support of the São Tomé and Príncipe fisheries policy in order to promote sustainability in its waters.|
|Fee for ship owners:||35 € per tonne caught.|
|Advances:||- Seiners: 6 125 € per year (ref catches: 175 t)
- Longliners: 2 275 € per year (ref catches: 65 t)
|Reference tonnage:||7 000 t./year|
|Tuna seiners||16||12||-||28 vessels|
|Surface longliners||9||-||3||12 vessels|
The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and São Tomé and Príncipe dates back from 1984.
Legal history of the fisheries agreements
The legal history of the fisheries agreements can be accessed through EUR-Lex. To search please type "SAO TOME" in the field "Search for", and type "FISH*" in the field "with". Then click the button "search".
Current legal framework
- Fisheries Partnership Agreement : Adopted by Council Regulation (EC) No 894/2007 of 23.07.2007 (OJ L 205 of 7.08.2007)
- Council decision on the provisional application of the current protocol and text of the protocol (Council Decision 2011/296/EU )
- Council decision on the Conclusion of the current protocol (Council Decision 2011/420/EU )