On 9 December 2015, the European Union and the Republic of Liberia signed a new, 5-year sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (SFPA) and associated protocol setting out the fishing opportunities for EU vessels, the financial compensation to be paid by the Union and the modalities of sectoral support to the fishing sector of Liberia.
The agreement and protocol mark the beginning of a new partnership given that there has never been a SFPA between the Union and Liberia. The new SFPA also further expands the Union's network of tuna fisheries agreements in West Africa.
The new protocol offers opportunities to 28 purse seiners and 6 surface long-line vessels to fish for tuna and tuna-like species in the waters under the jurisdiction of Liberia, based on a reference tonnage of 6 500 tonnes. In return, the EU will pay Liberia an average annual compensation of €650 000, out of which 50% is earmarked to support the fisheries policy of Liberia including to reinforce its fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance capacity.
The EU countries with an interest in the new agreement and protocol are mainly Spain and France.
Following consent of the European Parliament, their conclusion has been approved by the Council on 24 May 2016.
The agreement and protocol were adopted by Council Decision (EU) 2016/1062 of 24.05.2016 (OJ L 177 of 1.7.2016).The allocation of fishing opportunities was adopted by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/2313 of 30.11.2015 (OJ L328 of 12.12.2015).
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