Four purse seiners and three longliners from Spain fish in Kiribati waters. (Photo: NOAA/Stock File/FIS)
Spanish fishing fleet does not disrupt activity in Kiribati
Monday, September 10, 2012, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
Fishing vessels from Spain may continue fishing in Kiribati waters, in the Pacific, while finishing the legislative process for the implementation of the new protocol of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement signed between the European Commission (EC) and the Government of that country.
This was announced by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (Magrama) of Spain in a press release.
The renewal of the bilateral pact was finalized last June, and while expecting the completion of the procedures in the Council of the European Union (EU) and the European Parliament, Kiribati authorities will allow a provisional application thereof.
Otherwise, the Spanish ships would have been forced to stop fishing in the area as of 15 September, 2012, when the previous covenant expires.
The EU-Kiribati Fisheries Partnership Agreement is the most important of those in the Pacific fishery, stresses Magrama.
At present, this bilateral agreement benefits four Spanish tuna seiners and allows three longliners from Spain to fish there.
The EU will provide an annual financial contribution of EUR 1,325,000 to Kiribati. Out of this total, EUR 350,000 will be used to help this country to promote responsible and sustainable fishing in its waters.
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