Part of the payment made by the EU will be used to strengthen the fishing sector in Guinea Bissau. (Photo: J.L.Perea/CENEAM-MMA)
EU-Guinea Bissau fishing agreement renewal deems satisfactory
Friday, October 17, 2014, 22:10 (GMT + 9)
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) welcomed the renewal of the fisheries agreement between the European Union (EU) and Guinea Bissau, which guarantees fishing opportunities to the Spanish fleet, especially in the case of the cephalopod and seafood fleet.
The Ministry also thanked the European Commission for having streamlined the renewal for three years of this bilateral agreement, which had been suspended since the coup d'état in Guinea in 2012.
The EU Council in Brussels approved the decision authorizing the Commission to sign the renewal of the Agreement Implementation Protocol.
The EU decided to normalize its relations with the African nation after the democratic elections held in May.
MAGRAMA highlights that the Spanish Government’s boost was instrumental in the revival of the agreement, which is a sign of support for the new democratic Government and it is expected to lead a major liquidity support to Guinea Bissau.
The new protocol ensures access for up to 16 cephalopod boats to this Galician fishing ground as well as that of 20 shellfish boats from Huelva, as an alternative to the fishing grounds in Mauritania.
In addition, the fishing fleet will return to the African fishing ground: Bermeo port-based 14 freezer purse seiners and up to 9 pole-line vessels will be allowed to operate there.
Following the approval by the Council, it is expected that both parties sign the agreement in the near future and that the fishing licenses are issued during the month of November.
The deal will involve an expense for the EC amounting to EUR 9.2 million a year. Out of this total, EUR 3 million will be used to strengthen the sector and the fisheries administration of Guinea Bissau.
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