Cape Verde and European Union begin renegotiation of fisheries agreement in December

27 November 2013

Cape Verde and the European Union will in December begin talks about a new fisheries agreement that should take force in 2014, replacing the one in effect since 1 September 2011, Cape Verdean Prime Minister José Maria Neves announced on Tuesday.

At the end of a meeting with the EU’s ambassador in Cape Verde, José Pinto Teixeira, the prime minister specified that Cape Verde seeks “an agreement that allows development of the fish processing sector” and which serves to “increase the transfer of fish and guarantee more jobs”.

Neves added that his government aims via the new agreement for the country to have “more rigorous” control of its maritime resources.

The EU’s ambassador in Cape Verde stated in turn that the European side wants the new agreement to last for six years and that it should continue the current one, in force until 31 August 2014.

Last week a European Commission report published in Brussels indicated that the fisheries agreement between Cape Verde and the EU was “more than satisfactory” due to the high level of the fish catch in Cape Verdean territorial 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 Cape Verdean territorial waters.

According to the report, the added value created by the agreement is 3.4 million euros, of which 71 percent correspond to the EU, 17 percent to Cape Verde and 13 percent to other West African countries, basically due to landings, transports and supplies in the ports of Dakar, Senegal, and Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The report nevertheless stressed that the agreement may upset public opinion in Europe and Africa due to the catch of sharks (a threatened species) for fin removal by European longliners, instead of scabbard-fish and tuna as agreed by the parties. (macauhub)