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Thursday, 30 April 2015

EU’s role in tackling global challenge of IUU

Eszter Hidas, EU Policy Officer for WWF Smart Fishing Initiative’s Illegal Fishing project says that the EU has a great responsibility to demonstrate legal and sustainable seafood supply chains to its consumers. The EU should also ensure that its access to abundant seafood -  25% of the world’s seafood, almost 70% of which is imported into the EU means that the EU is the world’s largest seafood market - does not rob more vulnerable communities, of their own. IUU fish products currently cost between €9-21 billion annually, representing 11 to 26 million tonnes, or approximately 15 %, of world catches. Since EU illegal fishing regulation (IUU) entered into force in January 2010, the EU has been at the forefront of global efforts to address IUU fishing. Hidas believes that the right laws are in place but that they need to be effectively implemented. One method of doing so is through further digitalizing, whereby the catch certificate system to achieve greater transparency and traceability, would greatly facilitate this task.

Source: euractiv.com