EC shows IUU fishing a yellow card

15 Nov 2012
The EC has pointed out the shortcomings of eight countries with regards to IUU fishing

The EC has pointed out the shortcomings of eight countries with regards to IUU fishing

The European Commission has adopted a ‘decision’ indicating to eight third countries that their track record in tackling illegal fishing is insufficient.

The countries are Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu.

Commissioner Maria Damanaki said that there are strong indications that these countries are not fulfilling their duties as flag, coastal, port or market States. This is based on a thorough analysis of each country's compliance that also took into account their level of development.

Ms Damankai said that they are not being blacklisted, they are being shown a ‘yellow card’ and have been given an opportunity to formally respond, refute and take measures to rectify the situation.

This decision does not entail any trade-affecting measures, it points out the countries' shortcomings and suggests corrective actions and the Commission has proposed an action plan for each country.

Following a procedure of dialogue and cooperation, each country’s progress will be assessed and the first progress report is expected within six months from now.

Ms Damanaki said, “This decision sends the world a strong signal and confirms the EU's determination to put an end to this crime.”

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