Ex-post and ex-ante evaluation study of the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cabo Verde
In September 2006 the EU and Cabo Verde concluded a bilateral Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA). This Agreement provided fishing possibilities exclusively for highly migratory species for EU vessels fishing in Cabo Verde waters. It entered into force on 30 March 2007 and has been automatically renewed twice for periods of 5 years (29 March 2012 and 29 March 2017). The current Protocol was signed, and entered into provisional application on 23 December 2014, it will expire on 22 December 2018. The Protocol sets out the fishing opportunities and financial contributions provided for in the... Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA). It grants to the EU fishing opportunities for up to 71 vessels to fish for tuna and other highly migratory species in 3 fishing categories: 28 tuna seiners, 30 surface long liners and 13 pole-and-line vessels, with a reference tonnage of 5,000 t/year. The Member States interested in fisheries activities in the EEZ of Cabo Verde are, France (FR), Portugal (PT) and Spain (ES). The annual EU public financial contribution to Cabo Verde amounts to EUR 550,000/ year out of which EUR 275,000 is earmarked for the support of the Cabo Verde fisheries policy for the first two years of the Protocol, and EUR 250,000/ year for the last two years of the Protocol. The Agreement is classified by the EU as a “tuna agreement” (as opposed to multi-species agreements); its main characteristics are provided in Table 1. The SFPA with Cabo Verde is part of a network of SFPAs with other coastal States in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean, which include Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and São Tomé and Príncipe (tuna agreements) and Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Morocco (multi-species agreements). The present report provides an independent ex-post evaluation study of the current four-year Protocol to the SFPA between the EU and the Republic of Cabo Verde as well as an ex-ante evaluation of a future Protocol. This final report presents information collected from various sources, including the EU/DG MARE, EU concerned Member states (FR, PT, ES) and the professional associations of EU vessel operators concerned with the availability and utilisation of fishing possibilities. It also includes the findings of a mission to Cabo Verde that took place in December 2017, during which discussions were held in Praia and Mindelo with Cabo Verdean and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of the SFPA, including public authorities, private sector and NGOs.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission)
- Personal author(s): POSEIDON; Megapesca Lda; FS Themes: Fisheries policy, Africa, Caribbean and Pacific
- Subject: Cape Verde, cost-benefit analysis, development aid, European Union, exploitation of resources, fisheries policy, fishery management, fishery resources, fishing agreement, report, sustainable development