Renewal of fisheries agreement EU/Guinea Bissau
The European Commission has today adopted formal proposals for a new one-year protocol to the fisheries agreement with Guinea Bissau, agreed by the two parties on 16 June 2011.
This protocol maintains the conditions of the current one, i.e. fishing possibilities for 4,400 gross register tonnage (GRT) for shrimp trawlers, 4,400 GRT for fin-fish and cephalopod trawlers, 23 tuna seiners and longliners, and 14 pole-and-line vessels. The EU financial counterpart amounts to 4,550,000 € for the right to fish and 2,950,000 € for the support of the fisheries sector in Guinea Bissau. A new clause was added to allow for the suspension of the protocol if there is a breach of human rights and democratic principles. This fisheries agreement allows vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France to fish in the Guinea-Bissau waters. The one year extension of the protocol was agreed to give both parties the time necessary to assess the prospect of a future protocol of a longer duration.