Sustainable fisheries partnership agreement

The current fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and Senegal covers the period 20 November 2014 – 19 November 2019, and is tacitly renewed for 5-year periods.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels from Spain and France to fish in the Senegalese waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in West Africa.

Main features of the SFPA

Duration of the agreement 5 years renewable (20.11.2014 - 19.11.2019)
Duration of the protocol 5 years (18.11.2019 - 17.11.2024)
Nature of the SFPA Tuna fishery agreement with a limited demersal hake component
Financial contribution €1 700 000/year. Including €900 000/year to the support of the fisheries sector.
Fee for ship owners

Tuna: €80 (3 yrs), €85 (2 yrs) for purse seiners,  €75 for longliners and poles and lines, per tonne caught.
Hake: €95 per tonne caught

Advances Tuna seiners: €18 500 per year 
Pole-and-liners: €13 000 per year 
Longliners €3 525 per year 
Trawlers: €500 per trimester (max 2 vessels in the same period)
Reference tonnage (tuna) 10 000 t/year
Total allowable catch (hake) 1 750 t/year


  Spain France Total
Tuna seiners 16 12 28 vessels
Pole-and-liners 8 2 10 vessels
Longliners 3 2 5 vessels
Trawlers 2 - 2 vessels


A Framework Agreement, one of the first bilateral fisheries agreements ever concluded by the European Union,  was adopted by Council Regulation (EEC) No 2212/80 of 27.6.80 (OJ L 226 of 29.8.80) was implemented by successive protocols. The last one covered the period from 01.07.2002 to 30.06.2006. and established fishing opportunities for crustaceans, small pelagic species, demersal species and tuna.

A new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement and a 5 year implementing protocol were signed on 20 November 2014. A second protocol was signed on 18 November 2019 and offers fishing possibilities for tuna and includes a limited access to black hake, a deep demersal resource at levels in accordance with the requirements of the common fisheries policy (CFP). The protocol thus contributes to sustainability of the fish stocks, protection of the local fishermen and food security, strict controls and support to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). 

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-Senegal JSC last met in Dakar,11-13 July 2018. The JSC’s analyses and recommendations are published in its 2018 final report.