The EU has signed a new fisheries partnership agreement with Gabon for another five years. European tuna vessels and trawlers will have access to Gabon’s waters for an annual financial contribution of EUR 1.6 million from the EU. Additionally, an extra EUR 1 million per year will be given to developing the African nation’s fisheries sector including monitoring and surveillance against IUU fishing.
The deal also will create value and jobs by encouraging transshipments and landings in Gabonese ports. The EU fleet consists of 27 seiners and six pole-and-liners targeting tuna for 32,000M/T, and four trawlers catching demersal fish and crustaceans. The boat owners will also complement the EU contribution by EUR 2.6 million per year, which will be adjusted according to their level of catches.