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Progress Made on Fight Against Illegal Fishing in Draft UN Resolution

26 November 2013

GLOBAL - Informal consultations were held last week in New York, US, on the draft United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution on sustainable fisheries.

Following an EU initiative and active collaboration with our partners, significant progress was made in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU).

Basic principles and new tools have been agreed such as the need to work on catch documentation schemes, the need for States to consider rules on chartering and the recognition of participatory surveillance as a tool to enhance the sustainability of resources.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki stated on this occasion: "These positive outcomes during the United Nations General Assembly create a new momentum to tackle illegal fishing in the world. Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing is a global problem undermining the conservation and the sustainable use of marine resources. The EU is and will remain at the forefront of international efforts to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing."

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