APPS - UE/Ivory Coast


Direção-Geral de Recursos Naturais, Segurança e Serviços Marítimos (DGRM)
Avenida Brasília
1449-030 Lisboa Portugal
Phone: +351 213 035 700
Fax: +351 213 035 702

Delegation of the European Union to Ivory Coast
Avenue Terrasson de Fougères, Immeuble Union européenne
01 BP 1821 Abidjan 01
Phone: 225 20 31 83 50

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The fisheries partnership agreement concluded between the European Union and Côte d'Ivoire extends from 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2013, renewable. The current Protocol (2018-2024), with application from 1 August 2018, provides for a financial contribution of 682 thousand euros per year, of which, throughout the Protocol, between 352 thousand euros and 407 thousand euros per year are destined to the sectoral support. This consideration is equivalent to a reference tonnage of 5,500 tons / year.

This Agreement is part of the set of tuna fishing agreements, negotiated with third countries in West Africa, allowing Community vessels (Spain, France and Portugal) to fish in the waters of Côte d'Ivoire.

 Eligibility conditions

  • Have a national fishing license pursuant to Article 6 of the Control Regulation (Regulation No. 1224/2009)
  • Hold a fishing authorization for fishing operations outside Union waters
  • The authorization requirements have been complied with in accordance with the requirements of the annex or the APPS in question
  • The fishing vessel applies the relevant IMO vessel identification system, if required under Union law
  • The fishing vessel is not on a list of IUU vessels adopted by an RFMO and / or the Union under the IUU Regulation
  • If applicable, the flag Member State has fishing opportunities under the relevant fishing agreement or the relevant RFMO provisions
  • Have the respective satellite monitoring equipment (VMS) installed and operational
  • Have the electronic data recording and transmission system in place and operationally operational (Diário de Pesca Eletrônico - DPE)
  • Have the respective valid Navigation and Conformity Certificates.

Fishing Arrangements Agreement

  • Tuna seiners: 28 vessels    
  • Surface longliners: 8 vessels.

Fishing Modalities

  • Surface longliners: 2 vessels.

 Fishing gear

  • Surface longline.

 License Request

Each license application is accompanied by the following documents:

  1. Proof of payment of the "flat-rate" advance for the respective period of validity
  2. Any other documents or certificates required under the specific provisions applicable to the type of vessel concerned under the Protocol    
  3. Color photograph of the ship (side), auxiliary fishing boats and auxiliary aerial fish detection equipmentand
  4. An illustration and detailed description of the fishing gear used.

License Cost

For surface longliners - Payment of a flat-rate amount of € 2,400, corresponding to 40 tonnes of fish / year (€ 60 / tonne) in the first two years of application of the Protocol. In the remaining years, the standard amount is € 2,800, corresponding to 40 tons of fish / year (€ 70 / ton).



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Boarding of Observers

Vessels authorized to fish in Côte d'Ivoire waters under the Agreement shall take on board observers designated by the competent regional fisheries organization (RFO). The shipowner must ensure, at his own expense, the accommodation and meals of observers under conditions identical to those of the officers, in accordance with the practical possibilities of the vessel. The observer's salary and social security contributions are borne by the competent authority.

Boarding of Seafarer

For the fleet of tuna seiners and surface longliners, 20% of the seamen on board must be of ACP origin.

Authorized Area

Tuna seiners and surface longliners in the European Union may engage in fishing activities in waters beyond 12 nautical miles, measured from baselines.

 Interdictions/Closure Period

In accordance with the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species and with the ICCAT resolutions, fishing for basking sharks (Cetorhinus maximus), São Tomé shark (Carcharodon carcharias), black-eyed shark is prohibited (Alopias superciliosus), hammerhead sharks of the family Sphyrnidae (with the exception of Sphyrna tiburo), white-tipped shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) and bright shark (Carcharhinus falciformis). Fishing for the bull shark (Carcharias taurus) and the black-legged shark (Galeorhinus galeus) is prohibited.

 Mandatory Communications

The declaration of catches must be made by the master upon delivery to the ministry responsible for fisheries of his fishing logbooks corresponding to the period of presence in the Côte d'Ivoire fishing zone. At the same time, you must also send a copy to the Center de Recherche Océanologique (CRO) in Côte d'Ivoire and to the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).


EU vessels shall notify the competent Ivorian authorities responsible for fisheries control at least 3 hours in advance of their intention to enter or leave the Côte d'Ivoire fishing zone, giving the date, the estimated time and crossing point, the quantity of each species retained on board, identified by its FAO alpha-3 code and expressed in kilograms of live weight or, where appropriate, the number of individuals and the nature and presentation of the products.

These communications are made primarily by email, or, failing that, by fax.

Inspection at Sea

The captains of European vessels engaged in fishing activities in the fishing waters of Ivory Coast must allow any Ivorian official, duly mandated and identified as responsible for the control of fishing activities, to carry out his mission.

Port Inspection

The captains of European vessels carrying out disembarkation or transhipment operations in an Ivorian port must allow Ivory Coast inspectors, duly mandated and identified, to control these operations.

 Serious Infractions

The sanction of the reported offense is set by the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire in accordance with the provisions in force in the Ivorian legislation.


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