Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (Sfpa)

The Indonesian Sustainable Oceans Programme (ISOP) is a collection of interconnected projects supported by the World Bank. Together, these projects promote the sustainable and equitable management of coastal and marine seas… Until 2012, assessments of fisheries agreements were not available to the public. The Commission considered that these documents should be confidential in order to protect the commercial interests of the EU fishing fleet and to protect the EU`s international relations. In 2011, a group of NGOs requested the publication of these documents, referring to the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Environmental Justice, of which the EU is a signatory. Existing evaluation reports were made public in early 2012 and evaluations were published as soon as they were completed. A transparent, coherent and mutually beneficial instrument for improving fisheries policy for sustainable use, fish supply and development of the fishing sector in SFPA partner countries. These agreements are extremely important for a large part of the EU fleet, particularly for the agreement with Norway, which includes more than 2 billion euros in quotas. Last November, BirdLife Europe – Central Asia, the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA) and the European Networks of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), as well as their African partners National Environmental Advocacy Coalition and Madagascar (CNPE), the African Confederation of Craft Fishing Organizations (CAOPA), the Regional Partnership for the Protection of the Coast and the Sea (PRCM) and the Federation of Fishermen of Amers , how can sustainable partnership agreements between the EU and the coastal states of West and East Africa be truly sustainable to contribute to the UN`s Sustainable Development Goals? Meetings were held with the main decision-makers of the European institutions and a technical workshop was organised. Based on the results of these discussions, these seven organizations make the following recommendations: SFPA evaluations could help to better identify women in the fishing sector. The SFPA impact analysis should highlight any specific impact on women in the local fishing sector. It would also help to identify needs that should be properly addressed in sectoral assistance, including by interviewing local women`s groups, when some sectoral aid is affected by local fisheries development.

The EU has also concluded 7 „dormant“ agreements with Gabon, Madagascar, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Micronesia and the Solomon Islands. The dormant agreements are intended for countries that have a fisheries partnership agreement that is still in force but is not in force. As a result, EU vessels cannot fish in the waters provided for by the dormant agreements.