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A transparent, sustainable and equitable agreement with the EU will have repercussions for Asian fishing fleets active in Mauritian waters, says oceanographer March 10,2013   |  Source: Agritrade

After three years without an agreement – from 2008 to 2010 – Mauritius has just signed a new Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) and Protocol with the European Commission. Local fishers and civil society have mobilised against this agreement.

In an interview with Agritrade of the CTA Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU), Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, an oceanographer and environmental engineer, and the founder and president of Kalipso, the Mauritian civil society platform, explains why.

You know, Mauritians who wish to eat tuna are finding it more and more expensive. If you go to a fisherman, he will sell you a kilo of tuna for Rs70 (€2). If you go to a supermarket, you will pay up to Rs350 (€10) a kilo. Many of my fellow countrymen consider tuna the essential protein element of the Mauritian diet. Agreements that aim to give foreign fleets access to our tuna are therefore a sensitive issue for everyone – fishers and civil society alike.

As far as the agreement with the EU is concerned, fishers’ unions and civil society interests have marched through the streets of Port Louis and organised demonstrations to demand greater transparency in the negotiation process. The ex ante evaluation that preceded the negotiations was published, it is

 

© 2011, CTA. Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (ACP-EU)

Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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