The current four-year protocol to the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (SFPA) entered into force on 16 November 2015. It was signed for a duration of 4 years but it has been extended for one additional year, until 15 November 2020. This protocol confirms several decades of cooperation in the field of fisheries, a key sector for the development of Mauritania and one of the pillars of the European strategy for sustainable blue growth.
Under the protocol, the EU fleet is allowed to fish in Mauritanian waters for shrimp, demersal fish, tuna and small pelagic fish, up to a total of 287 050 tonnes a year, under improved operational conditions. In addition to the fees paid by the European fleet (tonnage fees and para-fiscal taxes), the EU pays a financial contribution of €61.625 million per year for this partnership, comprising €57.5 million for the access to waters and €4.125 million for supporting local fishing communities in Mauritania and improving fisheries governance.
In line with the EU's fisheries policy, the protocol contributes to responsible fishing and the sustainable management of fisheries resources, including enhanced transparency measures. It seeks to minimise fishing impacts on marine ecosystems and respects the activities of the Mauritanian coastal and artisanal fleets.
Category 2 — Black hake non-freezer trawlers (maximum 6 000 tonnes/year; and maximum 6 vessels).Fee: €90/t, annual advance fee of €1 000/vessel deducted from total fee due.
Category 2 bis — Black hake freezer trawlers (main target species: black hake, maximum 3 500 tonnes/year; secondary species: squid maximum 1 450 t/year and cuttlefish, maximum 600 t/year, 25% by-catch allowed for demersal fish other than black hake).Fees: black hake: €70/t, squid: €575/t, cuttlefish: €250/t and €90/t for by-catches; annual advance fee of €1 000/vessel deducted from total fee due.
Agreement adopted by Council Regulation (EC) No 1801/2006 of 30.11.2006 (OJ L343 of 8.12.2006).
Decision on the signature and provisional application of the Protocol adopted by Council Decision (EU) 2015/2191 of 10.11.2015 (OJ L315 of 1.12.2014). The text of the Protocol was published in the same OJ.
Allocation of fishing opportunities adopted by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/2192 of 10.11.2015 (OJ L315 of 1.12.2015).
Fishing opportunities and the financial compensation of the protocol adopted by Commission Decision (EU)2017/451 of 14.03.2017 (OJ L69 of 15.03.2017).
Extension to the protocol setting out the fishing opportunities and financial contribution adopted by Council Decision (EU) 2019/1918 of 8.11.2019 (OJ L 297I of 18.11.2019).
Allocation of the fishing opportunities and financial contribution, adopted by Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1919 of 8.11.2019 (OJ L 297I of 18.11.2019).
The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Mauritania dates back from 1987. The current Fisheries Partnership Agreement was concluded in 2006 and entered into force on 1.08.2006. It was adopted by Council Regulation (EC) No 1801/2006 of 30.11.2006 (OJ L343 of 8.12.2006).
The previous Protocol (2012-2014) to the FPA expired on 15.12.2014:
Council Decision (2012/827/EU) of 3.12.2012 on signature and provisional application
Council Regulation (EU) n°1259/2012 on the allocation of fishing opportunities
Council Regulation (EU) n°680/2013 amending Council Regulation (EU) n°1259/2012.
Protocol approved by the European Parliament on 8.10.2013 and by the Council on 15.11.2013 through Council Decision (EU) n 672/2013 of 15.11.2013 (L 313 of 22.11.2013).
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 eleventh meeting of the EU-Mauritania JSC was held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain, 11-14 June 2019. The JSC’s analyses and recommendations are published in its 2019 final report.
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