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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Liberia-EU sign fisheries deal

The government of Liberia and the European Union have signed a new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement as well as an associated Protocol of a 5 year duration. The Protocol allows access to 28 EU purse seiners and 6 long-line vessels, based on a reference tonnage of 6 500 tonnes, for tuna and other migratory fish species. The EU will pay Liberia an average annual compensation of € 650 000 (or approx. 730.00 USD), out of which 50% is earmarked to support the fisheries policy of Liberia. Both parties have also committed to respecting all the recommendations made by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The Protocol also aims to (i) reinforce cooperation between Liberia and the EU, especially in their fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; (ii) provide sectoral support to help Liberia reinforce its fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance capacity; (iii) to enhance scientific cooperation and promote the development of the fishing sector of Liberia.

Source: thenewdawnliberia.com