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Thursday, 13 September 2012

EP empowers EC to ban EU imports from overfished stocks

The European Parliament passed new rules empowering the European Commission to ban EU imports of fish from overfished stocks. According to the MEPs, bans should discourage massive overfishing of mackerel by Iceland and the Faroe Islands. In other votes, they said that the coming reform of EU fisheries policy should aim to make it sustainable.
The regulation opens the way to trade sanctions against third countries that allow unsustainable fishing of fish and fishery products from stocks of common interest (i.e. fish stocks available to the fleets of both EU and third countries whose management requires cooperation between them).
Should these sanctions prove ineffective, the Commission may adopt additional measures, such as restricting the use of EU ports by vessels flying the flag of a non-compliant country or by vessels carrying fish from the overfished stock to the EU.

Source: European Parliament