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Thursday, 30 January 2014

MEPs approved fisheries agreement with Kiribati

The European Parliament (EP) has given its consent to the new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement with Kiribati, during its last plenary session held in Strasbourg. The European Commission underlined that the Protocol will contribute to develop Kiribati's local economy and promote the sustainable long term development of its fisheries sector, in accordance with EU's policy to promote sustainability, good governance and the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in its new Fisheries Partnership Agreements,
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki welcomed the vote by saying: "The agreement with Kiribati reconfirms our commitment to sustainability in our international agreements and is fully consistent with the principles of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. The agreement ensures the EU fleet's presence in the Pacific Ocean and enhances the EU's position in Regional Fisheries Management Organizations such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, while helping to foster co-operation in the Pacific region."
This new Protocol will cover a period of three years (until September 2015) and offers fishing opportunities for tuna vessels. Out of the EU annual financial contribution EUR 1,325,000, EUR 350,000 has entirely been allocated for sectoral policy support to help the Republic of Kiribati to promote responsible and sustainable fishing in their waters. The protocol will ensure that the local fisheries resources are exploited at a responsible and sustainable level in particular by calculating fishing opportunities for the EU fleet on the basis of the scientific recommendations.
Fishing opportunities under this Protocol will be of the use for the shipowners coming from Spain, France and Portugal.

Source: Fish Information & Services