EC initials protocol with Morocco
The European Commission has initialled a 4-year Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the Morocco.
The EC says that the protocol places a strong emphasis on scientific advice, economic profitability, good governance and respect of international law. Sustainability is ensured by restricting fishing activity to the surplus resources in all fisheries.
A large number of Member States (Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Ireland, Poland and United Kingdom) have an interest in the FPA with Morocco, which includes six fishing categories exploited by both industrial and small-scale fleet segments. The total financial envelope for Morocco is estimated at €40m. More precisely, the total cost of the new Protocol to the EU will be €30m a year, of which €16m compensates Morocco for access to the resource. The remaining €14m will be assigned to the support of the fisheries sector in the country whilst the ship owners' contribution is estimated at €10m.
Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: "This is an important moment for EU and Moroccan fisheries. This deal will ensure a sustainable future for the sector locally and it represents good value for money. The new protocol is in line with the principles of the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, by ensuring responsible international fisheries governance."