The Secretariat General of Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, has valued very highly the renewal of the fisheries agreement between the European Union and the Seychelles, as it ensures the continuity of fishing for the Spanish fleet.
The agreement will run for six years, double the previous protocol, and is due to come into force in January 2014.
Specifically, the new protocol is focused on the activity of the seine tuna fleet. Fishing opportunities have been granted to 40 purse seiners, of which 22 may be Spanish, and sets a reference tonnage of 50,000 tons.
It also keeps fishing opportunities for the longline fleet, where six ships, one Spanish, may be licensed to fish in Seychelles.
Moreover, the European Union devoted to this Fisheries Protocol €30 million, of which more than half will be used by the Seychelles authorities to develop its port facilities, also benefiting the Spanish fleet.