IUU vessel list

17 Jul 2013

The European Commission has adopted an updated list of vessels that cannot land or sell their fish in the EU as they have been identified as taking part in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The list is made up of vessels included in the IUU lists of regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) around the world.

RFMOs have their own procedures to identify vessels which fish illegally and pass that information on to the EU in order for the EU to update its own list. The lists submitted by the RFMOs this year have identified 66 vessels as fishing illegally, three less than. All vessels on the list will be unable to sell or land their fish in the EU.

The list adopted is complementary to the EUs own initiative enforcement which is currently focused on assessing third countries' IUU regimes as highlighted by the yellow cards handed out in November 2012. 

Please click here for the EU list of vessels engaged in IUU fishing.

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