The ex-ante evaluations for possible new Fisheries Partnership agreements (FPAs) in the region were considered in the light of recent developments in the Indian Ocean, including implementation up to present time of the pre-existing FPAs with Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique and the Seychelles. A regional overview was conducted which contained elements and findings common to the individual evaluations for Kenya and Tanzania. These then provided an overall assessment of on-going activities carried on in the framework of the current protocols with special interest on the effectiveness, efficiency, economy, coherence and acceptability of the intervention.
The project was designed to inform two separate ex ante evaluations of possible FPAs and protocols between the EU and Kenya and the EU and Tanzania. The project involved looking at the sustainability of the fisheries of interest for the FPA as well as providing recommendations for improving the status of these stocks through fisheries management, Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) and improvements to research. It focused on highly migratory species passing through the Western Indian, i.e. tuna and tuna like species and the potential bycatch species associated with these fisheries.