EU-Cape Verde Fisheries Partnership Agreement
On the 27th September 2011 the European Parliament voted to approve a Council proposal to upgrade a protocol between the EU and the Republic of Cape Verde. In exchange for an EU payment of EURO 435,000 the Cape Verde Exclusive Economic Zone will provide 28 tuna seiners, 35 surface longliners and 11 pole-and-line vessels authorisation to fish, with an annual reference tonnage of 5,000 tonnes.
435,000 euros. That seems like a criminally low amount to sell your gamefish resources for - what, maybe 500 charter days worth? I bet there are at least 5 local charter boats out of Mindelo alone that fish over 100 days a year. Five boats in the 31 to 40 foot class bringing in the same economic benefit as a license for 28 tuna seiners and 35 longliners (let's not count the pole and line boats).
Advances and fees will be payable by ship-owners: EUR 35 per tonne (t) of tuna caught by seiners and surface longliners and EUR 25 per tonne for pole-and-line vessels. The annual advances are set at EUR 4,375 per tuna seiner, EUR 3,150 per longliner and EUR 450 per pole-and-line vessel, corresponding respectively to reference catches of 125 t, 90 t and 18 t per annum.
Again - what a criminally low value. 35 euros per tonne for tuna caught by seiners and surface longliners? Last time I checked fresh tuna steaks were fetching over 20 GBP per kilogram!
Fishing at these low levels is not expected to have any impact on sustainability.
There is no mandated catch quota - just a "reference tonnage" (whatever that means). And the more tons landed the more the government gets paid. Hmm....