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EU Commission Adopts List of Vessels Fishing Illegally

23 July 2013

EU - The European Commission has adopted an updated list of vessels that cannot land or sell their fish in the EU as they have been identified as taking part in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

The list comprises vessels included in the IUU lists, adopted by regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs) around the world.

RFMOs have their own procedures to identify vessels which do not comply with their rules and are therefore fishing illegally.

The RFMOs communicate their lists to the European Commission at which point the EU list is updated.

The lists submitted by the RFMOs this year has identified 66 vessels as fishing illegally, a reduction of three from last year. All vessels on the list will be unable to sell or land their fish in the EU.

Speaking during the June plenary session of the European Parliament on IUU, EU Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, said: "I am pleased by the clear support given to the proposal on alignment of the IUU Regulation to the Lisbon Treaty. Now, that the reform of the CFP is on tracks, enforcement of control and IUU policy will become my clear priority. We have to work on this together."

More information on the EU list of vessels engaged in IUU fishing adopted can be found here.


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