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Cabo Verde and EU start renegotiating their FPA

Cabo Verde and the EU have started talks for a new fisheries agreement protocol that should enter into force in 2014, announced Cabo Verde Prime Minister at the end of a meeting with the EU's ambassador in Cabo Verde.

He insisted that Cabo Verde seeks "an agreement that allows development of the fish processing sector... increasing the landings of fish and guaranteeing more jobs." The government wishes to have "more rigorous" control of its maritime resources. The EU's ambassador in Cabo Verde stated in turn that the EU wants the new agreement to last for 6 years.

The EC evaluation indicates that the fisheries agreement between Cabo Verde and the EU was "more than satisfactory" due to the high level of the fish caught in Cabo Verde waters. The current agreement authorises 28 European tuna vessels (16 from Spain and 12 from France) and 35 surface longliners (26 from Spain and 9 from Portugal) to operate in the EEZ of .

According to the report, 71% of the added value created by the agreement accrues to the EU, 17% to Cabo Verde and 13% to other West African countries due to landings, transports and supplies in the ports of Dakar (Senegal) and Abidjan (Cte d'Ivoire).

The President of the Republic of Cabo Verde also commented about this at World Fisheries Day, organised on 21 November by the African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organisations (CAOPA). In his message to the participants, he emphasised that local fishermen were concerned about the social consequences of the FPA, in terms of employment and food security for Cabo Verdean families.

The President underlined that, during his last visit to the EU, he raised fisheries issues "because the fisheries agreement signed with the EU is to be reviewed in the near future." Referring to the artisanal fishermen concerns, the President stated that "I raised the awareness of my interlocutors, in particular the President of the European Commission, on those aspects that I consider of great importance", including measures to protect artisanal fishing against destructive practices from industrial vessels, and effective control of the quantities caught.