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Monday, 27 June 2011

EP approves fisheries partnership with Seychelles and São Tomé and Príncipe

60 European vessels will be allowed to catch fish in the waters of Seychelles from 2011 to 2014, with another 40 vessels in the waters of São Tomé and Príncipe, according to an agreement that the European Parliament approved on Thursday. The agreement with São Tomé and Príncipe will be valid until 2014. Over the next three years, the EU pledges to give 450 000 € per year as a compensation for European catches: 65€ per ton paid by the EU, with another 35€ per ton paid by the fisher. The EU guarantees payment for a minimum of 7000 tons a year. Another 227 500 € per year is meant as a support for sectoral fisheries policy. Altogether, agreement will be worth 2 047 500 €. For every ton exceeding the annual quota, the EU agrees to pay 130€. The EP rapporteur Luís Manuel Capoulas Santos assures that “overall, the agreement accounts for 0.36% of total catch of target species stocks: in no case does the catch of Community vessels under the agreement account for more than 0.55% of total fishing of the stocks concerned”. The protocol with Seychelles concerns a catch volume seven times higher than in São Tomé and Príncipe. The EU pledges 3 380 000 € per year for 52 000 tons of catches (65 € per ton paid by the EU with another 35 € paid by the fisher), and another 2 220 000 € per year to support Seychelles’ fisheries and maritime policy. The protocol’s value thus amounts to a total of 16 800 000 € over three years with a pledge of 130 € per ton for catches exceeding 52 000 tons per year. If the Council does not oppose the decision of the Parliament, the agreement can become law.

Source: CTA