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To Draw the Line

To Draw the Line

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Fisheries Partnership Agreements enable the EU to buy fishing rights from other countries, not least in West Africa. As part of these so-called partnerships, the EU is meant to contribute to sustainable development in the contracting state. The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SSNC, has interviewed fish workers, civil servants and government representatives in West Africa and in Europe. We found that this aspect of partnership is an illusion. Funds do not reach the intended purposes, fish stocks are decreasing and the lives of fish workers in contracting states are harder than ever.

The European Commission acknowledges these failures, in which Sweden is complicit, and encourages all stakeholders to contribute actively to the development of a reformed fisheries policy for 2012. This report describes how responsible partnership could be achieved.(2009)
Fisheries Partnership Agreements enable the EU to buy fishing rights from other countries, not least in West Africa. As part of these so-called partnerships, the EU is meant to contribute to sustainable development in the contracting state. The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SSNC, has interviewed fish workers, civil servants and government representatives in West Africa and in Europe. We found that this aspect of partnership is an illusion. Funds do not reach the intended purposes, fish stocks are decreasing and the lives of fish workers in contracting states are harder than ever.

The European Commission acknowledges these failures, in which Sweden is complicit, and encourages all stakeholders to contribute actively to the development of a reformed fisheries policy for 2012. This report describes how responsible partnership could be achieved.(2009)

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Report
EU sheries agreements in West Arica
To draw the line
 
Text:
Mikael Cullberg
Reportage:
Isabella Lövin
Project manager:
Kajsa Garpe, Swedish Society or Nature Conservation
Layout:
Ingela Espmark, Swedish Society or Nature Conservation
Coverphoto:
Steve Trent
Order No:
9534
ISBN:
978-91-558-0010-9Stockholm, 2009This report has been produced with inancial support rom Sida. Sida has not contributed to the development o this report. The views and interpretationsexpressed are those o the authors and do not necessarily relect those o the Sida.
 
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Contents
1 Summary 62 Introduction 103 The merits o fsheries 113.1 Fish as ood 113.2 Fish as livelihood 113.3 Fish as a commodity 124 Fisheries in West Arica 134.1 Regional management 134.2 Fish resources 144.3 IUU fshing in West Arica 155 The EU external fsheries policy 175.1 EU external fsheries policy objectives 175.2 Future reorm o fsheries policy 185.3 Fishing waters as a commodity 186 Fisheries agreements in practice 226.1 Fisheries regulation 226.2 Voluntary agreements between equal parties? 246.3 Existing agreements and protocols 266.4 SSNC tests the transparency o the fsheries agreements 276.5 How is a surplus identifed? 286.6 Fisheries as part o an ecosystem 287 Fisheries and development policy 297.1 The Paris Declaration and fsheries 297.2 Fisheries and the UN Development Goals 297.3 The orgotten fsheries 317.4 Good governance is a prerequisite or sustainable resource management 337.5 Fisheries and trade 337.6 Sweden’s responsibilities and tasks 378 The eects o the agreements 458.1 Winners and losers 468.2 Corruption and other negative results on the social system 509 Real partnership! 5210 The uture o fsheries our countries 5411 Conclusions 5612 Recommendations 57 
o draw the line – a report about EU isheries agreements in West Arica

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