CEPESCA and the Spanish fishing sector again requests the government to include the offshore fleet in the discount on diesel The members of the Committee on Fisheries gave their consent to new rules to allow vessels from Seychelles to fish in the waters of Mayotte

The members of the Committee on Fisheries gave their consent to new rules to allow vessels from Seychelles to fish in the waters of Mayotte. Photo: Cepesca

The Committee on Fisheries has granted its consent to a new fisheries access agreement, allowing vessels from Seychelles to operate in the waters of Mayotte, extending beyond 24 nautical miles from its coasts.

  • Ensure reciprocity between the EU and Seychelles to foster sustainable fisheries in the Indian Ocean
  • Protect pelagic sharks
  • Contribute to the development of the fisheries policy in the outermost regions

The decision, supported by 15 votes in favour to six against, with no abstentions, underscores the European Union’s commitment to fostering sustainable fisheries and strengthening partnerships in the Indian Ocean.

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The agreement aims to enhance the strategic collaboration between the EU and Seychelles while ensuring coherence and reciprocity for sustainable fisheries practices. Additionally, it seeks to contribute to the development of fisheries policies in Mayotte and other outermost regions facing challenges due to their remote locations.

Electronic data exchanges, measures for monitoring and controlling fisheries, and efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing are key components of the agreement. Importantly, the accord prioritises the protection of species, particularly pelagic sharks.

Eight purse seiners from Seychelles will be permitted to fish migratory species in the Union waters of Mayotte under the agreement. The fishing activities will align with the best available scientific advice and comply with recommendations from the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), a regional fisheries organisation. Mayotte’s vessels will contribute 135 euros per tonne of tuna caught, with an upfront payment of 13,500 euros per vessel for the initial 100 tonnes.

The conditions outlined in this access agreement align with the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement and its implementing protocol, previously signed by the EU and the Republic of Seychelles in 2020. The new agreement spans six years from March 2023 onwards.

Mayotte, situated in the Indian Ocean and designated as a French overseas department, attained the status of an EU Outermost Region in 2014. The agreement now awaits a vote in the next plenary session scheduled for February 26-29.

 

Source: Press Release

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