Fisheries

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Cape Verde

Fisheries partnership agreement

The current fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Cape Verde entered into force on 20.3.2007 for a period of 5 years. It has been tacitly renewed, from 29.03.2012 to 29.03.2017.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels from Spain, Portugal and France to fish in Cape Verdean waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in West Africa.

Following the expiration of the 2011-2014 Protocol on 31.08.2014, a new Protocol to the Agreement was signed and entered into provisional application on 23.12.2014.

The new Protocol will cover a period of 4 years and will offer 71 EU vessels fishing opportunities for tuna and tuna-like species in Cape Verdean waters. In return, the EU will pay Cape Verde a financial contribution of 550 000 € per year in the first two years of application of the Protocol and of 500 000 € per year in the last two years. Half of this yearly contribution will be earmarked to promote the sustainable management of fisheries in Cape Verde, including reinforcement of control and surveillance capacities, and to support the local fishing communities.

The Protocol will enter into force when the necessary legislative procedures for its conclusion have been completed.

Main issues of the SFPA

Duration of the Agreement: 5 years renewable (30.3.2007-29.3.2012-29.3.2017)
Duration of the Protocol:  4 years (23.12.2014-22.12.2018)
Nature of the FPA :  Tuna Fishery Agreement 
Financial contribution:  First two years of application: 550 000 € out of which EUR 275 000 to support the fisheries sector of Cape Verde.
Last two years of application: 500 000 € out of which EUR 250 000 to support the fisheries sector of Cape Verde.
Fee for ship owners:

First two years of application: 55 € per tonne caught (purse seiners, longliners and pole-and-line vessels)
Last two years of application: 65 € per tonne caught (purse seiners, longliners and pole-and-line vessels).

Advances:   First two years of application:
- Tuna seiners: 4 950 € per year (ref catches: 90t)
- Surface longliners: 3 190 € per year (ref catches: 58t)
- Pole-and-line vessels: 450 € per year (ref catches: 9t)
Last two years of application:
- Tuna seiners: 5 525 € per year (ref catches: 85t)
- Surface longliners: 3 250 € per year (ref catches: 50t)
- Pole-and-line vessels: 585 € per year (ref catches: 9t)
Reference tonnage: 5 000 t. /year
2014-2018 PROTOCOL
Fishing possibilities
  SPAIN FRANCE PORTUGAL TOTAL
Tuna seiners 16 12 - 28 vessels
Surface longliners 23 - 7 30 vessels
Pole and line 7 4 2 13 vessels

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Cape Verde dates back to 1990.

Current legal framework