EU-Senegal sign FPA

25 Nov 2014

The EU and Senegal have signed a new five-year Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement, following an eight year hiatus.

The agreement will allow up to 38 EU boats to fish in Senegalese waters in return for a €8.69m payment by the EU.

The European Commission says that this represents good value for money for both parties and that the agreement is based on the principles of resource sustainability, good governance, and local development. As part of the deal the EU will invest €750,000 a year into developing the local fisheries sector. In particular, support will be directed towards improving surveillance, combatting illegal fishing, and promoting scientific cooperation. Local artisanal fishermen will also directly benefit from the conservation and rehabilitation of spawning areas and vulnerable ecosystems on which their livelihoods depend on.

The partnership will further strengthen the region's general governance of fisheries and its fight against illegal fishing.

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