Fisheries

Gabon

Gabon

Gabon

Fisheries partnership agreement

The fisheries partnership agreement has been concluded between the EU and Gabon for 6 years tacitly renewable.

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

There is currently no Protocol in force since 23.7.2016.

Main issues of the FPA

Duration of the Agreement 6 years renewable tacitly 
Duration of the Protocol 3 years (24.07.2013-23.07.2016)
Signature and provisional application 24 July 2013
Conclusion of the agreement 14 April 2014
Nature of the FPA Tuna Fishery Agreement
Financial contribution 1.350.000 € out of which 1/3 has been earmarked for the promotion of sustainability through Gabon’s national fisheries policy.
Fee for ship owners 55 € until 24.07.2014, then 65 € per tonne caught.
Access fee - 13 750 € per year for tuna seiners and poles and lines
Maximum tonnage 20,000 t./year
CURRENT PROTOCOL - Fishing possibilities
  SPAIN FRANCE TOTAL
Tuna seiners 15 12 27 vessels
Poles and lines vessels 7 1 8 vessels

History

The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Gabon dates back to 1998.

Current Legal Framework

  • The text of the current protocol was published in the OJ L 250 of 20.09.2013. It was signed and entered in provisional application on the 24.07.2013 as authorised by COUNCIL DECISION  of 22 July 2013, (2013/462/EU).
  • COUNCIL DECISION of 14 April 2014 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol setting out fishing opportunities and the financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Gabonese Republic (2014/232/EU) (OJ L 125/48 26.04.2014)
  • COUNCIL REGULATION (EU) No 897/2013 of 22 July 2013 on the allocation of the fishing opportunities under the Protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution provided for in the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Gabonese Republic (OJ L 250, 20.09.2013)
  • Agreement and initial protocol adopted by Council Regulation 450/2007 of 16.04.2007 (OJ L109 of 26.04.2007).