Fisheries MEPs approve EU-Mauritius agreement
A new Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) will provide fishing opportunities for EU vessels in the waters off Mauritius. The EU will pay €660.000 per year for 5.500 tonnes of tuna and for support of the Mauritius fisheries policy. A total of 86 tuna vessels will benefit from the agreement which initially covers 3 years.
"The new Fishery Partnership Agreement and the new Protocol will help strengthen the capacity of Mauritius for combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, in particular by improving its infrastructure for monitoring and controlling fishing activities in its exclusive economic zone. It will also have a major impact on the country’s budgetary and political stability and the development in the region", said the rapporteur Antolín Sánchez Presedo (S&D, ES).
MEPs in the Fisheries Committee have voted on Wednesday to approve the new agreement, which focuses on sustainable and responsible fishing and is the first such deal after the previous agreement came to an end in 2007. The annual compensation of €660.000 includes €302.500 to assist the fishing sector of Mauritius.
EU vessels will be allowed to fish only beyond 15 nautical miles from the coast in order to avoid adverse effects to small-scale artisanal fisheries in Mauritius. In addition to an annual fee, EU vessels which have applied for a fishing licence will also have to pay €35 per tonne caught. The agreement can be suspended in case of a breach of human rights, and it contains a clause of exclusivity for the European fisheries sector.
The agreement will be submitted to a plenary vote during the April part-session of the European Parliament.
In the chair: Gabriel Mato Adrover (EPP, ES)