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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

EU & Cook Islands reach fisheries agreement

Four Spanish purse seiners shall be allowed to fish in the Cook Islands waters for the next four years in compliance with the Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) signed by the European Union (EU) and the Cook Islands. This gives the EU access to the world's most important tuna fishing grounds providing more than half of the global tuna catch in the western and central Pacific Ocean. In exchange to the access to catch 7,000 tonnes of tuna, the EU will pay Cook Islands a financial contribution amounting to EUR 2.8 million, of which EUR 350,000 is destined to supporting the fishing sector. Cook Islands have declared a maximum allowable catch for their EEZ and made it available to foreign fleets in the absence of domestic vessels. The SFPA allows both parties to initiate a dialogue on fisheries governance and to encourage sustainable and responsible fishing. It will also reinforce cooperation between the two parties, especially in their fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Source: fis.com