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Ex ante evaluation of possible EU-Ghana SFPA


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Ex ante evaluation of possible EU-Ghana SFPA

This report provides an ex ante evaluation of a possible Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) and Protocol1 between the European Union (EU) and Republic of Ghana. The EU distant-water fishing fleets have been targeting tropical tunas in the Gulf of Guinea since the 1950s, today catching about 10 % of their global tuna catch in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the EU has never concluded a fisheries agreement with Ghana, the EU fleet have been fishing in Ghana’s waters under private licences since 2007. The tropical tunas of the Atlantic are highly migratory and widely distributed, targeted by fishing vessels both within coastal state exclusive economic zones (EEZs) and on the high seas in order to follow the migration of the tuna. Ghana has recently expressed an interest in concluding an agreement with the EU, following the lifting of a pre-identification as a non-cooperating country on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing issues in 2015. 2. This evaluation is intended to inform a decision as to whether to provide a mandate to the European Commission to negotiate an SFPA with the Ghana on behalf of the EU. This evaluation was completed between February and July 2016, and was based on: a review of relevant literature; consultations with regional organisations in the East Atlantic Ocean (EAO); a visit by the contractors to the Ghana (15 to 21 April 2015); and relevant consultations in the EU with European Commission services, the European External Action Service (EEAS), Member State administrations and the private sector

Source: European Commission