Charles Bastienne, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, led the local delegation made up of representatives from the ministries of fisheries, the blue economy, the environment, the Office of the Attorney General and the Seychelles Fisheries Agency (SFA). In return, EU Member States are allowed to use 40 seiner tuna and eight longliners in the seychelles waters exclusive economic zone. They will be limited to 50,000 tonnes of tuna and tuna per year. For this access, the EU will pay 5.3 million euros (5.9 million USD) to Seychelles, of which 2.8 million euros (US$3.1 million) will be spent on promoting Seychelles` fishing sector. This fishing agreement allows vessels from the EU of Spain, France, Italy and Portugal to fish in the Seychelles fishing area and is part of the Indian Ocean tuna fishing agreements. The new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement and its six-year protocol have been in force on an interim basis since they were signed on 24 February 2020, following the Commission`s proposal of 7 January 2020. More transparency and participation from local communities and fisheries stakeholders throughout the negotiation and implementation process The Minister confirmed that the money is currently available in the trust and that details of the use of the same thing will be announced at a later date. The tuna cameras to monitor the tuna fishery and the biodegradable DFDs that have the codes of the vessels from which they originate are part of the new provisions of the agreement signed on February 24. The debate on the declaration and the new agreement was held for two days. While ministers and members of the ruling party supported the declaration and agreement, opposition members said the EU`s agreement with Seychelles through the agreement could have been better, with more benefits for the island state. The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement is a long-standing cooperation agreement between Seychelles and the EU, signed in 1987.
It allows EU vessels to fish in waters under the jurisdiction of Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. MEPs also adopted an accompanying resolution on Thursday (597 votes in support, 37 against and 55 abstentions) calling for the Seychelles fishing sector to be more involved in the implementation of the agreement and for over-exploited yellowfin tuna stocks to be restored by regional measures. The EU fleet should do everything in its power to avoid overfishing. In addition, the resolution criticises the persistent practice of provisionally implementing international agreements before Parliament gives its approval. Last week, in a joint position paper published with WWF and BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, as well as with four African organisations (fishing organisations and NGOs), cfFA recommended greater EP involvement “given that the funding of these agreements comes directly from European taxpayers” and that the Pe “has a crucial role to play in strengthening” democratic and transparent processes (see Recommendation 2). Partnership agreement with third countries (summaries of EU legislation) “For the first time in the history of the European Union fisheries agreement with another country, Seychelles has succeeded in creating a fund for environmental management and monitoring of our ecosystem. The money for the fund will come from the owners of tuna boats in the EU,” Seychelles Fisheries and Agriculture Minister Charles Bastienne told the National Assembly on Tuesday. On 24 February 2020, the European Union and the Republic of Seychelles signed a new six-year Partnership Agreement on Sustainable Fisheries (SFPA) and a related implementation protocol setting out fishing opportunities for EU vessels, eu financial compensation and the terms of sectoral assistance to the Seychelles fishing sector.