European union's public fishing access agreements in developing countries

Frédéric Le Manach, Christian Chaboud, Duncan Copeland, Philippe Cury, Didier Gascuel, Kristin M. Kleisner, André Standing, U. Rashid Sumaila, Dirk Zeller, Daniel Pauly

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Abstract

The imperative to increase seafood supply while dealing with its overfished local stocks has pushed the European Union (EU) and its Member States to fish in the Exclusive Economic Zones of other countries through various types of fishing agreements for decades. Although European public fishing agreements are commented on regularly and considered to be transparent, this is the first global and historical study on the fee regime that governs them. We find that the EU has subsidized these agreements at an average of 75% of their cost (financial contribution agreed upon in the agreements), while private European business interests paid the equivalent of 1.5% of the value of the fish that was eventually landed. This raises questions of fisheries benefit-sharing and resource-use equity that the EU has the potential to address during the nearly completed reform of its Common Fisheries Policy.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere79899
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalPLoS One
Volume8
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

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