On 24 February 2020, the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles signed a new 6-year sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (SFPA) and associated implementing 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 the Seychelles. The current protocol covers the period 24.02.2020- 23.02.2026 with an EU financial contribution of €5.3 million per year, out of which €2.8 million is earmarked for the support of the fisheries policy of Seychelles.
This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels from Spain, France, Italy and Portugal to fish in the Seychelles’ fishing zone and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.
Tuna seiners: Annually incremental from €56 000 per year to €59 500 per year (from the third to the sixth year of protocol’s application)(ref catches: 700 t)
Surface longliners = Annually incremental from €7 200 per year to €7 650 per year (year (from the third to the sixth year of protocol’s application )(ref catches: 90 t)
The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Seychelles dates back from 1987. The previous protocol expired on 17 January 2020. The negotiations for the new SFPA and Implementing protocol applying as of 24 February 2020 were based on an external ex-post and ex-ante evaluation of the previous Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Seychelles and of its implementing protocol (2014-2020).
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Deadline for applications: 09/09/2020 - 12:00 (Brussels time)