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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

MEPs: EU should take lead in global fight against illegal fishing

Illegal fishing distorts trade, hurts efforts to rebuild depleted stocks and conserve species and will have a long-term impact on the environment and food security, the Fisheries Committee warned Tuesday. An estimated 11-26 million tonnes of fish a year, representing 15% of global catches, comes from illegal fishing. The committee calls on the EU to promote global action, including more inspections at sea and closing markets to illegal fisheries products.

The own-initiative report by Swedish Green Isabella Lövin says international cooperation is the only way to tackle the problem because of the mobility of fish stocks and fishing fleets and because around two thirds of the world's oceans are outside national jurisdictions. It also says that as a major fishing power and the biggest importer of fisheries products, the EU should play a key role.

"The EU should do more to promote effective international cooperation to combat illegal fishing...we need to ensure that ruthless operators cannot simply change the flag of their vessels to avoid their responsibilities," Ms Lövin said. "With many fish stocks around the world already perilously threatened, illegal fishing could be the final straw."

Source: European Parliament