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Europêche values new fisheries agreement with Mauritius but claims more coherent approach in Indian Ocean May 18,2017   |  Source: FIS

Europêche applauds the negotiations leading to the settlement of a new protocol between the European Union (EU) and the Republic of Mauritius but regrets the missed opportunity to strengthen sustainable fisheries and ocean governance in the Indian Ocean by linking this and other fisheries agreements to regional management policies and negotiations.

The organisation representing the European fishing sector recalls that on April 26 the two parties have signed the new protocol to implement the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA), setting the legal conditions to allow EU tuna fishing vessels to fish in Mauritius waters for the next four years.

Through a statement, Europêche expresses its support to DG MARE negotiating team, whose agreements have proven positive and profitable for both the EU and third countries.

The fishing body strongly believes that European SFPAs are the most transparent and mutually beneficial fisheries agreements in the world. For this purpose, the fishing sector demands additional human and financial resources for this unit, to allow them to negotiate more and better SFPAs with other relevant countries.

The tuna organisations that Europêche represents, namely OPAGAC, ANABAC and ORTHONGEL, welcome these positive results, which are

 

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