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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

EU gives green light for Fiji fish exports

Fiji now has more opportunities to increase its fish exports to the European Union. This follows the European Commission’s decision to withdraw its formal warning against Fiji, after the country implemented successful measures to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Fiji had received a formal warning or known as a “yellow card” from the European Union in November 2012. Since then the country has taken concrete measures to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing challenges. 

“There was a team which came here 3 or 4 times to talk directly to different partners, the fisheries ministry and so on. The cooperation was very close , very effective and we were very pleased that Fiji bought in new legislations very much in line with international standards to combat illegal unregulated fishing , there’s a national plan of action approved by the cabinet now, there’s a tuna management plan and there’s a lot going on to build capacity control and inspection staff so a real comprehensive plan to fight illegal fishing so we were extremely pleased with the cooperation we had with Fiji. I’m very pleased that the green card is now there and there’ll be absolutely no problem in continuing exports to the EU of Fiji and fisheries products from Fiji,” said the EU Ambassador to the Pacific Andrew Jacobs.