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Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Greenpeace: EU to also set a good example in the fight against IUU

As the European Union (EU) takes Fiji and Vanuatu to task for having weak laws to tackle illegal fishing, international environmental campaigner Greenpeace has urged the EU to also set a good example and support local fish conservation efforts while fishing in the Pacific.
Fiji and Vanuatu are part of eight third countries cited by the EU last November for having weak laws to tackle Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and they’ve been given six months to improve weak areas or be deemed “non-cooperating” third countries in EU’s fight against IUU.
Greenpeace, an organisation opposed to illegal fishing, said while it commends the EU’s move, it believes the EU should also respect regional agreements and conservation measures when their fishing fleets come to the Pacific to fish. “when the EU comes to the Pacific and wants to fish here, they need to ensure they too respect our regional agreements and conservation measures” Greenpeace Australia Pacific said.
For example, said Greenpeace, “the EU has blocked certain regulations such as ‘flick the switch’ proposal by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) countries that would allow, for example, EU flagged tuna fishing vessels to be tracked throughout the Western and Central Pacific ocean.
This pragmatic proposal would effectively tackle IUU fishing in the Pacific. The EU has blocked this and we are calling on the EU to support the Pacific Islands countries and accept this proposal.
Furthermore, the EU also blocked proposals by Pacific states calling for the closure of certain areas of international waters, dubbed the high seas pockets, which are known hotspots for IUU fishing in the region.

 

Source: islandsbusiness.com