EC extends IUU deadline for Curaçao, Ghana and Korea

23 Jul 2014
Curaçao, Ghana and Korea have been given an extra six months to improve the illegal fishing situation in their countries. Credit: oneVillage Initiative/CC BY-SA 2.0

Curaçao, Ghana and Korea have been given an extra six months to improve the illegal fishing situation in their countries. Credit: oneVillage Initiative/CC BY-SA 2.0

The European Commission has given Curaçao, Ghana and Korea an extra six months to improve the illegal fishing situation in their countries.

They were originally warned in November 2013 that they were not doing enough to fight illegal fishing, after the Commission found a number of specific problems in the countries’ legislative set up, which came short of efficient control or deterring sanctions.

In November each nation was proposed a tailored action plan and six months to redress the situation. They were warned that should they fail to do so, the EU might resort to banning all fisheries imports from the countries.

However, the Commission believes that Curaçao, Ghana and Korea have all made credible progress towards complying with their obligations as flag, coastal, port or market States. They are updating their legal framework to include the fight against illegal fishing, improving their control and monitoring systems and taking a proactive role vis-à-vis international law and rules of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. However, the adoption and implementation of new rules take time.

This extension is the result of collaborative work between the Commission and the countries in question. Since the warning the Commission has kept the dialogue open, offered assistance and performed thorough analysis.

The Commission will review their progress made at the end of this six month period.

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