To Draw the Line: EU Fisheries Agreements in West Africa 09/11/2009
Author: Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC)
The authors of this report blame the Swedish government for playing a notably passive role in the development of, and during negotiations within the Fisheries Partnership Agreements. The European Commission claims, but cannot ensure, that the payments for these agreements contribute to sustainable development and the implementation of domestic fisheries policy to the benefit of coastal communities. This report demonstrates that they do not.
To Draw the Line concludes that the external dimension of EUs Common Fisheries Policy is a failure. The authors claim the so-called partnership agreements have little to do with partnership and sustainable development, while at the same time preventing other policies from taking responsibility for fishieries as a means of achieving economic development and poverty reduction. In 2012 EU member states are to decide on a new common fisheries policy. To Draw the Line explains the current reform process and provides policy recommendations for those that wish to get involved.