Delegations from the European Union (EU) and the Seychelles have today successfully initialled a Fishery Access Agreement at a meeting in Victoria, Seychelles, which will allow Seychelles flagged vessels to continue fishing operations in the waters of Mayotte. These waters will become EU waters when Mayotte becomes an outermost region of the EU on 1 January 2014.
The Agreement will allow eight tuna purse seine vessels to operate in the waters of Mayotte under the jurisdiction of the EU for the next six years with the payment of licence and catch fees coming directly from the ship-owners.
Ahead of the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) to be held in Cape Town on 18-25th November 2013, the European Commission has reemphasised the importance of ICCAT continuing to manage fish stocks in a way that allows for sustainable yield for fishermen and ensures a stable flow of products to the markets.
The Xunta de Galicia expressed negative consideration of the approval of the fisheries agreement between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania in the European Parliament (EP). The Galician Government argues that cutting off the cephalopod fleet activity and will have negative impact on the Galician economy and the life of the workers and their families. In addition, Galician authorities had stated that it was too costly for the yield obtained.
A large amount of European Parliamentarians recently endorsed the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Protocol Agreement (FPA). This protocol supports sustainable fishing in Mauritania, and specifically protects the interests of over 30 000 fishermen’s livelihood: the fishing of octopus. This sustainability protects the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in Mauritania from European Union (EU) interests.
On Wednesday 23 October, in Strasbourg, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) rejected calls for EU subsidies to be paid for fishing boats renewal but approved payment of subsidies to help fishermen adjust to change and provide funding for small ports affected by declines in fish landings.
This summer, representatives from the Cook Islands and the European Union (EU), met in Rarotonga, Cook Islands to discuss and begin negotiations on a Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA).
Sustainable management of the fish stock of the European Union (EU) could yield additional catch, bring extra revenue of €3.2 billion yearly and lead to the creation of 100,000 new jobs in the sector in Europe, according to the report ‘Unknown Waters’, by British think-tank ‘New Economics’
The Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Miguel Arias Cañete, announced that "from now until the end of the year" it will not be possible to grant state aid to the fleet fishing outside European Union (EU) waters. He recalled that in 2008 the European Commission (EC) published its guidelines on this kind of aid and that the deadline for granting is on the 31st December.
Most members of the Spanish fishing industry – tuna, longliner, hake and shellfish sectors – refuse the national government's decision to request the non-ratification of the fishing agreement signed between the European Union (EU) and Mauritania while the cephalopod industry has welcomed this position. The Secretary General of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama), Carlos Dominguez , announced the position of the government last Thursday.
As part of the decentralisation of the Brussels Development Briefings and support to most vulnerable countries, Haiti runs the 3nd national Briefing on “The development of aquaculture and fishing, an economic opportunity for Haiti” on Thursday, 26th September 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.