Fishing issue: SL had made significant progress-EU

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The European Union has considered Sri Lanka, which was warned earlier over illegal fishing issue, had made significant progress, but the Commission is continuing to monitor the situation, the EU said.

It also blacklisted Belize, Cambodia and Guinea, effectively banning their products from the world’s most valuable seafood market.

The move to target the three “as countries acting insufficiently against illegal fishing” means EU states will now be required to ban their fish imports and EU vessels required to stay out of their waters.

“These decisions are historic,” said the EU’s Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki. “I want EU citizens to know that the fish they consume is sustainable, wherever it comes from.”

Illegal fishing is estimated to account for 15 percent of world catches and the decision by the EU, which imports 65 percent of its seafood, won swift praise from environmental groups.

“Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing depletes fish stocks, damages marine ecosystems, puts legitimate fishers at an unfair disadvantage and jeopardizes the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities,” said WWF, Oceana, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Environmental Justice Foundation.

The three countries were among eight nations warned in late 2012 to take action against illegal fishing or face such action.

The European Commission considered that the five other nations warned — Panama, Fiji, Togo, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu — had made significant progress, but the Commission is continuing to monitor the situation.

Another three countries — South Korea, Ghana and Curacao — received warning “yellow cards” in November and are currently being evaluated.
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  • xlntgson Wednesday, 26 March 2014 03:44 AM

    Stop dumping nuclear waste into the Indian Ocean!

    topsy turvy Tuesday, 25 March 2014 08:25 AM

    Those fishy exports EU from Tamil Nadu exempted.

    Suq Madique Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:34 AM

    Bottom-net trawling by TN boats are ok?

    Nims Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:37 AM

    What are these idiots at EU talking about.

    Roshan Tuesday, 25 March 2014 10:21 AM

    What are they monitoring? India is brazenly violating the boundaries and fishing in SL waters. Not a mention of India in the report???


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