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Fisheries Issues in WTO and ACPEU Trade Negotiations

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Three papers presented at a meeting of African, Caribbean and Pacific Fisheries and Trade experts in April 2003. The meeting’s primary concerns were the future of relations between the ACP and the EU, and preparing ACP countries for Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations.



The first paper, ‘The Future of European UnionACP Fisheries Relations’, looks at the increasingly complex ACP/EU relationship. The second, ‘WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations: Implications for Fisheries Access Arrangements and Sustainable Management’, outlines a possible fisheries framework agreement. The third paper, ‘Elements of an ACPEU Framework Agreement on Fisheries Arrangements’, looks at the WTO fisheries subsidies negotiations, considers the impact they will have on developing countries and suggests riskmitigation strategies.

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Vessel Management and Post-harvest Arrangements

Ideally, ACP coastal states may wish to seek an agreement with the EU on minimum terms and conditions pertaining to the effective monitoring, control and surveillance of EU fishing vessels operating in the EEZ of coastal ACP states. ACP states that wish to negotiate a framework agreement will have to decide the economic desirability and technical feasibility of developing minimum terms and conditions across vessel and gear types and various regions. However, there would appear to be several important fisheries management rules that should form the basis of the agreement.

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