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.
Pole and line: €55 per tonne caughtSeiners and long-liners: €70 for seiners per tonne caught, €55 for long-liner per tonne caughtFish & cephalopods: First 2 years of the protocol: €282/GRT/year. From third year: €90/t for demersal fish; €270/t for cephalopodsShrimps: First 2 years of the protocol: €395/GRT/year. From third year: €280/tSmall pelagics: First 2 years of the protocol: €250/GRT/year. From third year: €100/t (>1000 GT). €75/t (<= 1000 GT)
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.
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.
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Deadline for applications: 09/09/2020 - 12:00 (Brussels time)