EU and Senegal extend partnership

28 Apr 2014
The new agreement allows 38 EU vessels to once again operate in the Senegalese EEZ. Photo: Forbes Johnston/Flickr

The new agreement allows 38 EU vessels to once again operate in the Senegalese EEZ. Photo: Forbes Johnston/Flickr

The European Union and the Republic of Senegal are extending their sustainable fisheries partnership following a third round of talks.

Eight years after the expiry of the last protocol, the new agreement allows 38 EU vessels targeting mainly tuna to once again operate in the Senegalese EEZ, subject to a compensation of €8.7m over the duration of the protocol.

Commissioner Maria Damanaki said: "Senegal is a key partner because of its strategic location, the high volume of fish landed in the port of Dakar, its role as a member of ICCAT and especially its growing commitment to the fight against illegal fishing.

“This agreement benefits all stakeholders, including local artisanal fishermen. As one of the new generation of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements, this deal underlines Europe's commitment to the principles of the reformed CFP whether at home or in foreign waters,” she added.

The parties say the Protocol is “in strict compliance with the principles of sustainability and good governance”.

Artisanal fisheries, essential for the economy of Senegal, will not only benefit in terms of scientific research and the fight against IUU fishing, but will also receive a significant part of the sectorial support built into the agreement, worth €750,000 per year.

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