EC looks at effectiveness of Seychelles
The EC evaluated the effectiveness of the FPA and protocol between the EU and the Seychelles. Photo: Hansueli Krapf
The current partnership between the EU and the Seychelles is being re-evaluated in the light of both development of the CFP and Seychellois economic reforms and policy.
Evaluation by the European Commission (EC) points out that the current Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) and protocol, due to expire on 17 January 2014, adds around €10.6m to the local economy, but the EC report adds that any future FPA and protocol must ‘firmly align EU sector support’ with the Seychelles development. This includes strengthening of the local fishing industry and private sector engagement, including the development of Victoria in to a major fisheries hub.
It also points out that the capacity of the region to manage and implement plans also needs to be taken into account and decoupling sector support from compensation paid for access may assist this, in line with the March 2012 CFP conclusions.
The report says a new agreement should look at compensation by EU vessel owners and should consider the respective benefits of the present flat rate system against the potential benefits of a per tonne rate and look at the ‘disproportionate balance’ of the financial contributions from the EU.
Further, a future agreement or protocol must be ‘coherent’ in its application, both with itself and other interventions, and with actual fishing management measures.
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