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Oceans and fisheries

Côte d'Ivoire

Sustainable fisheries partnership agreement with Côte d'Ivoire

The fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the EU and Côte d'Ivoire covers the period 1 July 2007 - 30 June 2013. It is tacitly renewed for 6-year periods.

This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels mainly from Spain, Portugal and France to fish in the Ivorian waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in West Africa.

Main features of the SFPA

Duration of the agreement

6 years renewable (1.7.2007-30.6.2013)

Duration of the protocol

6 years (1.8.2018-31.7.2024)


16 March 2018

Nature of the SFPA

Tuna fishery agreement

Financial contribution

€682,000/year. Including €352,000/year for 2 years, then €407,000/year to the support of the fisheries sector.

Fee for ship owners

€60 per tonne caught for 2 years, then €70/tonne.


Tuna seiners: €7,620 per year for 2 years then €8,890 per year (ref catches: 127t)

Surface longliners: €2,400 per year for 2 years then €2,800 per year (ref catches: 40t)

Reference tonnage

5,500 t./year

Fishing possibilities



Tuna seiners 16 12 - 28
Surface longliners 6 - 2 8


The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Côte d'Ivoire dates back from 1990.


Current legal framework

The conclusion of the agreement was approved by Council Regulation 242/2008 of 17.3.2008 (OJEU L 75 of 18.3.2008). The text of the agreement was published in the OJ L 48 of 22.2.2008.

The text of the protocol 2018-2024 was published in OJ L194 of 31.7.2018. Its signature was authorised by Council Decision 2018/1069 of 26.7.2018 (OJ L 194 p1 of 31.7.2018) It was signed on 1.8.2018 (OJ L201 p1 8.8.2018) (Decision on Conclusion is awaiting EP consent)

Council regulation (EU) 2018/1095 of 26 July 2018 on the allocation of fishing opportunities under the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (2018-2024) OJ L 197 p.1 of 3.8.2018