Fisheries policy of the European Union towards African countries: the cases of Mauritania and Namibia /

Bozkuş, Özge
This thesis analyses the fisheries agreements of the European Union (EU) with African countries and in particular Mauritania and Namibia. The goal of this study is to find an answer to the following question: Have the fisheries agreements between the European Union and African countries created a win-win situation? Ensuring EU's Member States access to the world's main fishing zones and supplying fish to EU's market became the main goals of the EU. Additionally, the EU aimed to contribute to the sustainable development of third states' fisheries. However, due to the over-exploitation of fish stocks in African region by European fishermen, the lack of fish supply to African markets, the low level of payment for fishing rights in comparison to the value of fish caught by the European fishermen in the Exclusive Economic Zones of African countries as well as due to the low level of employment and value added created for African states, these agreements could not create a win-win situation with regards to African states. The outcomes of the two case studies, i.e. Mauritania and Namibia also supported the presumption that EU's Fisheries Agreements favour the interests of the European fisheries stakeholders and powerful Coastal States of the Union, rather than serving long term interests of both the EU and African countries at the same time.


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Ö. Bozkuş, “Fisheries policy of the European Union towards African countries: the cases of Mauritania and Namibia /,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.