European Parliament approves fisheries agreement with Sao Tome and Principe

14 January 2015

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Tuesday the signing of a new fisheries agreement between the European Union and Sao Tome and Principe, authorising 34 vessels from Spain, France and Portugal to fish in the country’s waters.

The new partnership agreement protocol provides fishing opportunities for 28 tuna seiners and six fishing vessels for surface trolling, broken down by vessels from Spain, France and Portugal and was approved by 566 votes in favour, 43 against and 68 abstentions.

The new protocol negotiated between the European Commission and the Sao Tome and Principe authorities, also aims to promote a policy of sustainable fisheries, providing for a financial contribution of over 2.8 million euros for four years. (macauhub/ST)