New Protocol to the EU-Kiribati FPA

05 Jun 2012

The European Commission initialled a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) in Nadi, Fiji on 3 June.

This new Protocol will cover a period of three years and provides fishing opportunities for tuna vessels.

Out of the EU annual financial contribution €1,325,000, €350,000 has entirely been earmarked for sectoral policy support to help the Republic of Kiribati to promote responsible and sustainable fishing in their waters. In this agreement the shipowner's fee was substantially increased.

The fishing opportunities available under the new protocol include a reference tonnage of 15,000 tons, which corresponds to fishing authorisation for four purse seiners and six longliners.

Fishing opportunities under this Protocol will be of use for shipowners coming from Spain, France and Portugal.

This new protocol to the FPA will replace the current Protocol which will expire on 16 September 2012.

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