Guinea Bissau: Coastal West African countries want to negotiate joint fishing agreement with EU

28 May 2008

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 28 May – Nine coastal countries in the Economic Community of West African States (ECWAC) want to negotiate a joint fishing agreement with the European Union (EU), the Guinea Bissau fisheries minister said in Bissau Tuesday.

In a press conference held in the Guinean capital, Daniel Gomes said that in the following negotiations the group intended that it would be the sub-regional fisheries commission negotiating with the European bloc, and current bilateral agreements would then be cancelled.

Guinea Bissau is currently heading the sub-regional fisheries commission, an inter-government organisation created as part of ECWAC.

The commission includes Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Mauritania, the Gambia, Senegal, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

In 2007 Guinea Bissau negotiated a fishing agreement with the EU that is valid until 2011, with an annual value of 7.5 million euros, which allows Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and Greek vessels to catch tuna and shrimp in Guinea Bissau’s waters. (macauhub)