Renewal of EU/Guinea Bissau protocol

22 Jun 2011

The European Union has initialled a new one-year protocol to the fisheries agreement with Guinea Bissau.

This protocol maintains the conditions of the current one, i.e. fishing possibilities for 4,400 gross register tonnage (GRT) for shrimp trawlers, 4,400GRT for fin-fish and cephalopod trawlers, 23 tuna seiners and longliners, and 14 pole-and-line vessels. The EU financial counterpart amounts to €4,550,000 for the right to fish and €2,950,000 for the support of the fisheries sector in Guinea Bissau.

A new clause was added to allow for the suspension of the protocol if there is a breach of human rights and democratic principles.

This fisheries agreement allows vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and France to fish in the Guinea-Bissau waters.

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