Four countries warned

16 Dec 2014
The Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have all been issued with a 'yellow card' warning.

The Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have all been issued with a 'yellow card' warning.

The European Commission has warned the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that they risk being identified as non-cooperating countries in the fight against illegal fishing.

The four countries have been issued with a 'yellow card' warning and the Commission says they now have reasonable time to respond and take measures to rectify the situation. To help them achieve that, the Commission has also proposed a set of measures for each country to address their shortcomings.

The decision does not entail any measures affecting trade, however, should the situation not improve within six months, the EU could take further steps which could entail trade sanctions on fisheries imports, as was recently the case with Sri Lanka.

The decision is a result of a thorough analysis of the situation on the ground and also takes into account each country's level of development. A formal dialogue with these countries to resolve the identified issues and implement the necessary measures will now take place.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “Today's decision is about the four countries needing to step up their efforts in fighting illegal fishing. I am convinced that they will all commit to this cooperative approach since sustainable development in Small Island States relies on sustainable fishing. We will work with them to make that happen and we will continue to prioritise sustainability in waters at home and abroad."

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