10 priorities for the future of Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements
In a world where fishing resources are increasingly coveted and marine habitats face threats posed by climate change and human activities, both the European Union and third country coastal States involved in Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) must take their responsibilities to achieve sustainable fisheries. These include:
- The sustainable management of marine resources
- Supporting the fisheriesdependent communities of third countries
- The protection of sensitive species such as seabirds from the impacts of fishing.
To achieve this, in November 2019, BirdLife Europe & Central Asia, the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) European networks, together with their African partners Coalition nationale de plaidoyer Environnemental à Madagascar (CNPE), Confédération Africaine des Organisations de Pêche Artisanale (CAOPA), the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine Conservation (PRCM) and the Federation of Artisanal Fishermen of Indian Ocean (FPAOI) gathered in Brussels for a series of discussions.
Based on the outcomes of these discussions, BirdLife Europe, CFFA and WWF have put together a joint position paper presenting recommendations on the future of SFPAs: