Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements

By committing to policy coherence in development (DPC), the EU should ensure that the cumulative effects of its various actions contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the European Development Cooperation Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDRs), namely the promotion of sustainable fisheries and food security at national and regional levels. The SFPA assessment is the ideal instrument to assess the impact of the various EU policies affecting fisheries in the third countries concerned in a third country. In recent years, SFPA has increasingly focused on governance issues, including transparency (particularly with respect to the overall fishing effort) and non-discrimination by partner countries with respect to other long-distance water fleets. This means that any measures agreed between the EU and the third country to protect resources and fishing communities dependent on these resources should be applied to all foreign vessels. These two aspects of governance are essential to promoting sustainable fisheries. However, the question of whether and how these clauses were complied with is hardly discussed in the SFPA`s evaluations. The practical implementation of transparency and non-discrimination clauses should be part of the SFPA`s assessments, which are based on discussions with stakeholders. SFPA assessments are likely to become an essential instrument for the sustainable fisheries dialogue between the EU, third country and its stakeholders. To do this, steps should be taken to strengthen the assessment process: as the EU negotiates a new protocol under the existing agreement, concrete steps should be taken to ensure the sustainable use of sardines in the region, including increasing sampling of small pelagic catches, implementing the recommendations of the FAO working group and engaging in consultations with neighbouring countries on the common management of common stocks. The EU has participated with several other third countries in sustainable partnership agreements in the field of fisheries, including last November: BirdLife Europe – Central Asia, the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA) and the European Networks of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and their African partners National Environmental Advocacy Coalition, the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Protection (PRCM) and the Federation of Artisanal Fishermen of the Indian Ocean (FPAOI) for a series of discussions. The main question is how to make the eu-EU-coastal coastal states truly viable 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 organisations make the following recommendations: The EU has also concluded seven „dormant“ agreements with Gabon, Madagascar, Mozambique, Equatorial Guinea, Kiribati, Micronesia and the Solomon Islands.