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Action Demanded To Punish Illegal Fishing

15 February 2013

SPAIN – All EU member states should strive for transparency and fairness in the fishing sector to reduce the impunity of illegal fishing, Secretary General of Fisheries, Agriculture, Food and Environment said Wednesday.

Speaking at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, Mr Dominguez stressed the importance addressing illegal Eurozone fishing going unpunished.

Working to improve regulatory protocol should be our aim, added Mr Dominguez.

The right diplomatic authorities should distribute private licenses to non EU companies fishing in EU waters. The wish of Spanish politicians is for the governments of these non- EU countries to regulate fishing permits and quota control.

This will help create transparency in the market and allow for stricter policing of which boats are on the water, Mr Dominguez added.

He also stressed the need to boost action of fishery organisations to cooperate across the EU in focusing actions against unreported illegal fishing.

Technical input from the central EU will be required to achieve homogenous control across the EU, Mr Dominguez concluded.


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