For sustainable fishing

To improve fisheries management in the ACP countries so that the fish resources of these countries can be exploited in a sustainable manner: that is the objective of the ACP Fish II Programme. Launched in June 2009 for five years, it is financed to the amount of 30 million euros under the 9th European Development Fund. It originated in a bitter truth: the failure of fisheries governance at global level, a factor in the impoverishment of natural resources and of the human communities that depend directly on them. While millions of people in the ACP countries are dependent on subsistence fishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU fishing) has developed that reduces the revenue obtained from legal activities

Continued aid to assist Fiji’s access to the EU market

The Republic of the Fiji Islands is one of just two Pacific ACP countries to have signed trade agreements with the European Union (EU) guaranteeing market access for their fishery exports, and one of just three to have an authority responsible for inspecting produce to guarantee compliance with health standards. The EU is a potential market for Fiji’s tuna exports and access to this European market is crucially important for the region. The SFP programme is therefore continuing its aid action with more than 10 interventions in Fiji since 2007, relating in particular to a national control plan, traceability, industry modernisation and landing sites for catches.

New technical assistance actions were implemented in the first half of 2010 with the same objective, namely to help marine fishery products to comply with European regulations.  
The first mission involved assessing the CA’s response to Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) criticisms and helping to effect the necessary changes.