São Tomé and Principe

São Tomé and Principe

São Tomé and Principe

São Tomé and Principe

Sustainable fisheries partnership agreement

The fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and São Tomé and Príncipe was concluded in 2007. The current protocol to the fisheries partnership agreement covers the period 19.12.2019 - 18.12.2024 with a financial contribution of €840 000 per year during 5 years, out of which a specific contribution of €440 000 is dedicated to the support of the fisheries policy of São Tomé and Príncipe.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal and France to fish in the São Tomé and Príncipe waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in West and Central Africa.

Main features of the SFPA

Duration of the agreement: 4 years renewable (1.6.2006 – 31.5.2010, tacitly renewed)
Duration of the protocol: 5 years as of provisional application (19.12.2019 – 18.12.2024)
Provisional application: Yes
Nature of the SFPA: Tuna fishery agreement
Financial contribution: €840 000/year for 5 years, out of which €440 000 have been earmarked for the support of the São Tomé and Príncipe fisheries policy in order to promote sustainability in its waters.
Fee for ship owners: €70 per tonne caught. 

Seiners: €9 100 (ref catches: 130 t. No prorata temporis, the authorisations are granted for a one year period.
Longliners: €3 255 per year (ref catches: 46,5 t)

Other fees: €250 per year for observers ; 3500 € per year for support vessel – No prorata temporis. 

Reference tonnage: 8 000 t./year


Fishing possibilities
Tuna seiners 16 12 - 28 vessels
Surface longliners 5 - 1 6 vessels


The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and São Tomé and Príncipe dates back to 1984.

Current legal framework