Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau

Guinea-Bissau

Sustainable fisheries partnership agreement

The current fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and Guinea-Bissau started on 16 June 2007. It is tacitly renewed for 4-year periods.

It is a multi-species agreement covering tuna as well as cephalopods, shrimps, demersal species and small pelagics. The agreement is part of the tuna network of fisheries agreements in West Africa and is one of only 3 multi-species agreements in the region (the others being Morocco and Mauritania).

The current protocol applies provisionally as of 15 June 2019 for a duration of 5 years. The protocol allows EU vessels from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland to fish in Guinea-Bissau's waters.

Main features of the SFPA

Duration of the agreement: 4 years renewable (16.6.2007 - 15.6.2011, 16.6.2011 - 15.6.2015, 16.6.2015-15.6.2019, 16.6. 2019- 15.6. 2023)
Duration of the protocol: 5 years (15.6.2019—14.6.2024)
Nature of the SFPA Multi-species agreement
Financial contribution €15 600 000/year, including €4 000 000/year to support the fisheries sector
Fee for ship owners

Pole and line:  €55 per tonne caught
Seiners and long-liners: €70 for seiners per tonne caught, €55 for long-liner per tonne caught
Fish & cephalopods: First 2 years of the protocol: €282/GRT/year. From third year: €90/t for demersal fish; €270/t for cephalopods
Shrimps: First 2 years of the protocol: €395/GRT/year. From third year: €280/t
Small pelagics: First 2 years of the protocol: €250/GRT/year. From third year: €100/t (>1000 GT). €75/t (<= 1000 GT)

Advances (non-refundable) Pole and line: €2 500 per year (ref catches: 45,5t)
Seiners: €4 500 per year (ref catches: 64,3 t)
Longliners: €3 000 per year (ref catches: 54,5 t)
Reference tonnage No
CURRENT PROTOCOL - Fishing opportunities
  ES FR IT GR PT PL LV LT TOTAL
Shrimp 2 500 GRT  -  - 140
GRT
1 060 GRT - - - 3 700 GRT
Fish and cephalopods  2 900 GRT  - 375 GRT 225 GRT  - - - - 3 500 GRT
Small pelagics 3 500 GRT   - - 500 GRT 1 000 GRT 5 000 GRT 5000 GRT 15 000 GRT
Seiners & long-liners 14 12  -  - 2 - - - 28 vessels
Pole and line 10 3  -  -  - - - - 13 vessels
As of the third year - Fishing opportunities
  ES FR IT GR PT PL LV LT TOTAL
Shrimp 1 650 GRT  -  - 100
GRT
750 GRT - - - 2 500 GRT
Fish 9 500 GRT  - 1 000 GRT 500 GRT  - - - - 1 100 GRT
Cephalopods  1 200 GRT - 150 GRT 150 GRT - - - - 1 500 GRT
Small pelagics 3 900 GRT - - - 700 GRT 1 400 GRT 6 000 GRT 6 000 GRT 18 000 GRT
Seiners & long-liners 14 12  -  - 2 - - - 28 vessels
Pole and line 10 3  -  -  - - - - 13 vessels

History

The previous protocol with Guinea Bissau expired on 23.11.2017. Following more than a year and half of interruption of the negotiations due to the political situation in Guinea Bissau, a new protocol was negotiated and initialed between the parties on 15 November 2018. Following the adoption by Council on 6 June 2019 of the decision on the signature and provisional application of the protocol, the new protocol between the EU and Guinea Bissau was signed and applies provisionally as of 15 June 2019.

Current legal framework

Scientific advice

In accordance with the agreement and protocol, the two parties encourage scientific cooperation and consult a joint scientific committee (JSC) to strengthen monitoring of the marine biological resources and to examine scientific questions relating to the implementation of the protocol.

The EU-Guinea-Bissau JSC last met in Tenerife, 27-31 March 2017. The JSC’s analyses and recommendations are published in its 2017 final report.