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Report suggests renew fishing deal with Guinea-Bissau

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Report suggests renew fishing deal with Guinea-Bissau

For the Council to authorise the European Commission to make a deal on behalf of the EU for a new agreement with Guinea-Bissau, before the expiry of the current protocol, which has been in force since 2014, an independent ex-post assessment (covering the first two years of application of the agreement) and ex-ante assessment has been carried out. According to the final report, outlining the results of this assessment, the protocol in force since 2015 has allowed for catches of 16,042 tonnes of demersal fish and 2,194 tonnes of tuna, 1,407 tonnes of which from the joint management zone (64 per cent of catches of tuna vessels). The contribution of this protocol to the EU market for tuna has been 1 per cent. Meanwhile, in terms of work, the Protocol has helped to create an estimated 497 direct and 240 indirect jobs over the period, divided between the EU and ACP countries. The current Protocol has a rather high effectiveness. It enabled the sustainable exploitation of surplus stocks in the Guinea-Bissau EEZ although the state of demersal fish stocks and cephalopods in the area should be monitored closely because fishing mortality on these species seems very high. Sectoral support benefits the entire sector and significantly strengthens the areas of the fight against IUU fishing and fisheries research in Guinea-Bissau. Efficiency is average in terms of expected results. For each EUR 1 invested by the EU, EUR 2.02 is generated as total added value, of which 42 per cent is for the EU, 38 per cent for ACP countries and 20 per cent for Guinea Bissau. The total amount received by the State of Guinea-Bissau is EUR 10.5 million. The effective cost of access in 2015 was EUR 415/t, of which EUR 344/t came from the EU budget and EUR 71/t came from fees paid by the owners of EU vessels. The report also highlights that the financial contribution of the protocol has been really positive, as all the interested parties have been benefitted, especially Guinea-Bissau. In addition, the evaluators consider the protocol acceptance is good. In the case of EU shipowners (except for longliners), the protocol is consistent with its expectations. For the international civil society, progress has been made by the EU in terms of transparency, better redistribution of wealth and the sustainable management of resources.

Source: FIS