Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


European Commissioner Maria Damanaki warned Fiji, among other countries, that the control of illegal fishing is not enough. (Photo: Stock File)

Tuna industry resents Damanaki's accusation

FIJI
Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 00:20 (GMT + 9)

A tuna industry delegation from Fiji responded with ire to the media statement released by the European Commissioner Maria Damanaki, warning eight countries that the Commission thinks the sector has not done enough to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The group expressed their dissatisfaction during the annual meeting that the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association (PITIA) is holding in New Zealand.

A recent independent review by European Union (EU) consultants, GOPA, scored the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Papua New Guinea as low-risk IUU countries, and Kiribati and Fiji as medium-risk.

"We want these countries as partners but we also want to signal to the world that the EU will not tolerate illegal fishing — a criminal activity which undermines the livelihood of fishing communities and depletes fish stocks," Damanaki said.

The Commission’s decision has not entailed any measures affecting trade, but it could. The eight countries have been notified and offered a “reasonable” time to respond and to “rectify” the situation.

The Commission also proposed an action plan for each country and informed that, should the situation not improve, the EU would include them in a blacklist and may take further steps possibly involving trade measures such as a ban on selling fisheries products to the Union. The warning was also addressed to Panama, Belize, Cambodia, Guinea, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu.

PITIA communicated that it fully supports Fiji’s concerns given the country’s actions and the processes it has implemented, such as its very strict compliance system. Fiji is also in the process of strengthening its monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) tools, by applying an Offshore Decree to control activities of flag state vessels on the high seas.

The association also highlighted that actions to improve compliance throughout the Western and Central Pacific Ocean are receiving support from the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).

The country's Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry (MFF) applies 100 per cent inspection on all vessels landing into Fiji, including foreign ones and applies a vessel monitoring system (VMS) to all its tuna vessels and an observer scheme, according to PITIA.

MFF has already sent two submissions to the EU’s DG Mare informing them of the steps being taken, and is now revising its National Plans to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (NPOA-IUU) with assistance from Devfish II.

“To say that Fiji does not participate in enough dialogue is rather strange given its efforts to strengthen what is already a very strong monitoring, control and surveillance system,” PITIA stated. “Strange then that other countries that demonstrate higher levels of risk have not been singled out for attention.”

Related article:

-
Brussels warns eight countries on illegal fishing

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Canada
Nov 26, 03:40 (GMT + 9):
Lobster levy delayed until spring
South Korea
Nov 26, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - S. Korea moves to intensify penalty against illegal fishing
Iceland
Nov 26, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Developments at Nordurgardur
United States
Nov 26, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Geoduck farm proposed for Dungeness Bay
United States
Nov 26, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Outlook good for Alaska fisheries in 2015
Singapore
Nov 26, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Pacific Andes proposes to raise USD 195.5 million via rights issue
United States
Nov 26, 03:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Commercial Dungeness crab season opens Dec. 1 2014
Angola
Nov 26, 03:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Companies from Angola, Spain and Portugal sign fisheries agreement
Paraguay
Nov 26, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
Taiwan will collaborate in 'pacu' fingerling production
Viet Nam
Nov 26, 02:10 (GMT + 9):
Russia requested to ease Vietnamese seafood exports
Mexico
Nov 26, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
IATTC emphasizes tropical tuna catch stability
Italy
Nov 26, 00:30 (GMT + 9):
First Italian trout farms achieve ASC certification
Mexico
Nov 25, 23:50 (GMT + 9):
Fish consumption intended to be risen with further sector support
Germany
Nov 25, 23:30 (GMT + 9):
All FRoSTA fish products will carry MSC ecolabel
Chile
Nov 25, 22:50 (GMT + 9):
Seafood exports continue rising



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
New shrimp species discovered in South African waters
South Africa Researchers from the University of Cape Town have identified a tiny shrimp specimen with banded, stalked eyes, and gaudy red 'warning' colouring in South African waters.
QR code created to enhance seafood traceability
Australia Non-for-profit entity driving sustainability in the local seafood industry OceanWatch Australia has devised a unique QR code for fresh seafood in an attempt to boost traceability.
Real-time ocean acidification data provided to shellfish farmers
United States Shellfish farms and hatcheries along the Pacific US coast can now get real-time, online ocean acidification data through the Integrated Ocean Observation System.
Tuna load confiscated over banned gear issue
Brazil The Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources seized the cargo of a tuna fishing vessel docked in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, which had been accused of having used forbidden fishing gear.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER