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Study on fisheries taxation schemes aiming to improve the economic contribution of foreign fleets operating in the EEZ of Guinea Bissau

The objective of the study is to determine possible taxation mechanisms affecting artisanal and industrial fishing fleets operating in the EEZ of Guinea Bissau, but not reporting or landing their catches in the country, in order to increase the contribution of the sector to national GDP and the general budget of the State".

The specific objectives of the study were:

a) Identification and characterization of the fishing fleets actives in the EEZ of Guinea Bissau
b) Evaluation of the production and the final value of catches that are not reported or are not downloaded in the country and estimation of the value added by each type of vessel;
c) Estimate the part of the added value that could remain in the country;
d) Analysis of taxation mechanisms and other measures that could improve the contribution of fisheries to the socio-economic development of the country;
e) Estimate the amount of the recommended access rights;
f) Analysis of possible changes in behavior of the fleets which, eventually, may be affected;
g) Analysis of existing institutional capacity for the management of access rights;
h) Proposals and recommendations regarding: i) reinforcement of tax collection capacities and estimation of the cost; ii) taxation mechanisms; iii) other practical and realistic policies in the case that the estimated rights resulted insufficient or the management needs were excessive.

During the study, a survey aimed at artisanal fishers was organized in Senegal. In Guinea Bissau, the consultant met officials of the Administration, ship owners and other stakeholders.

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