Three countries face sanctions

26 Nov 2013
The European Commission has proposed trade measures against three countries. Credit: Mike Markovina/Marine Photobank

The European Commission has proposed trade measures against three countries. Credit: Mike Markovina/Marine Photobank

Belize, Cambodia and Guinea are facing trade measures after failing to show commitment to tackling illegal fishing.

The three countries received a formal warning from the European Commission a year ago and, despite the EC working with the countries’ authorities to set up fisheries management and effective control measures, they have still not addressed structural problems and have now been identified as non-cooperating third countries

The EC has now proposed to the Council of Ministers to adopt trade measures against the three countries in order to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from these illegal activities. Ultimately, fisheries products caught by vessels from these countries will be banned from being imported into the EU.

Fiji, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu also received formal warnings last year, but they have all made credible progress in close cooperation with the EC. They have set in motion new legislation and improved their monitoring, control and inspection systems and, as a result, dialogue with these countries has been extended until the end of February 2014, with progress to be evaluated next spring.

The EC has also handed out formal warnings ('yellow cards') to Korea, Ghana and Curaçao, as they fail to keep up with international obligations to fight illegal fishing. The EC has identified concrete shortcomings, such as a lack of actions to address deficiencies in monitoring, controlling and surveillance of fisheries, and suggests corrective actions to resolve them.

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