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Thursday, 01 September 2016

St. Kitts-Nevis seeking to comply with EU regulations on fishing

The St Kitts-Nevis government says it is working diligently to ensure that the twin island Federation becomes compliant with the European Union rules and regulations on fishing by December 31, this year. “They feel that a lot of people are fishing in other people’s waters and that there is illegal fishing going on. They want to know where the fish are caught because there may be instances of poisoning,” said Agriculture Minister Eugene Hamilton. He said that as a result there is much pressure on the Federation to comply, hinting at other reasons for Europe doing so. “This is because St. Kitts and Nevis is one of two Caribbean countries that register ships in the high seas. We have a registration office that we are in contract with in the United Kingdom (UK). So, maybe for another reason they are doing it to prevent more registration of ships. After all, the registration of ships in the UK brings us near to three million dollars (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) in revenue.” Hamilton warned that if St. Kitts and Nevis receives a penalty for non-compliance, it means there will be a loss in revenue. “We are trying to protect that and also to protect the fishermen who want to ship any kind of fish products into Europe,” he said.

Source: themontserratreporter.com