New South Korean Fisheries Law a Good First Step to Curb Illegal Fishing10 July 2013
SOUTH KOREA - The Korean National Assembly has amended its fisheries law to help curb illegal fishing.
In response to the news, Greenpeace East Asia oceans campaigner Jiehyun Park said: "These new provisions finally start addressing the huge and embarrassing problem of illegal fishing by South Korea's fleets. But South Korea still has a long way to go and we will be keeping a close watch to ensure more progressive legislation is introduced without delay to address both illegal fishing and the need to manage fisheries sustainably.
"South Korea must ensure sustainable fisheries management both at home and abroad, where it participates in regional fisheries negotiations. Its track record is at odds with conservation measures and science and precautionary principles. Changes are desperately needed to ensure sufficient fish for all, including South Korea’s fishing fleets."
Greenpeace urges the Seoul government to ensure its regulations are in line with international requirements and best practices. Further legislation needs to be introduced and strictly implemented to ensure there is transparent traceability and chain of custody on products from all South Korean vessels to the markets.
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