Parliament approves blacklist of countries fishing irresponsibly
Coast Guard Cutter Rush escorts a suspected high seas drift net fishing vessel. (Photo Credit: USCG)
(EUROPEAN UNION, 4/24/2013)
The European Parliament's fisheries committee has voted to approve a new blacklist of countries that are managing their fisheries “improperly.”
The proposal would establish a new and quick procedure for listing countries proposed by the European Commission (EC) that are not co-operating with international rules on illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing. The EC would thus be enabled to add new countries to the existing list, including the names of the vessels involved, and to publish it.
The current list consists of eight countries: Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Vanuatu.
Räul Romeva, spokesperson for fisheries for the Green group, recommended that the Commission now add South Korea to the list, European Voice reports.
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