European Parliament approves new fishing agreement with Mozambique

26 October 2007

Strasburg, France, 26 Oct – The European Parliament Thursday in Strasburg approved a new fishing partnership between the European Union and Mozambique, which grants 89 fishing licenses for tuna fishing in Mozambican waters, officials have said.

The new agreement, which will last for five years (renewable), includes fishing licenses for both 45 longliners (for Spain, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom), and 44 purse seiner vessels (for Spain, France and the United Kingdom), which are valid for a year.

The total financial return for Mozambique is 900,000 euros and will be used to support fishing policies set by the Government of Mozambique.

The fishing vessel owners during the tuna fishing campaign have committed to hiring at least 20 percent of their fishermen from ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) countries, of which, whenever possible, 40 percent will be Mozambican. (macauhub)