Fisheries and fish-related industries comprise an important part of the economic
activities in many developing countries. However, many of these countries have
limited opportunities to fish outside their coastal zones, since this requires a
highly capitalized fleet. A way to utilize national fish resources is to make fisheries
agreements whereby foreign fleets pay for the opportunity to fish. For some
countries the compensation for fisheries agreements constitutes 30?50 per cent
of the total government budget.
In this report the EU’s sustainable partnership
agreements with countries in Western Africa, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean
are analysed. The purpose is to discuss the positive and negative aspects of the
agreements and to identify areas in which the agreements can be improved to
contribute better to biological and economic sustainability.
The report is in Swedish with an English summary: Sieps rapport 2016:12