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Tuesday, 07 May 2013

EP: Fisheries blacklist approved

The blacklist – as proposed by the Commission - of countries considered non-cooperative in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing was voted on Wednesday 24 April by the European Parliament's fisheries committee. It includes eight countries: Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Vanuatu.
In the same time, the MEPs adopted a new procedure which will enable the European Commission to add other countries on the existed list, including the names of the vessels involved, and to publish it.

The European Commission had adopted on 15 Novemeber a Decision indicating that the 8 countries that have a insufficient record in tackling illegal fishing and that they risk being identified as countries it considers non-cooperative in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
This decision was the first of its kind, but did not entail any trade-affecting measures.
Should the situation not improve, the EU could take further steps, which could entail trade measures such as a ban on selling fisheries products to the EU.

Source: European Voice