Taking the lead on IUU
Brussels, 24th May 2011. Presenting her own report on illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing at the European Parliament, MEP Isabella Lövin has called for the European Commission to strengthen its battle against IUU fishing.
The report highlights the importance of international cooperation in tackling illegal fishing operations worldwide. The EU has in the last few years taken some significant steps in targeting IUU fish products from entering the EU market, through a regulation requiring certified catch documentation to accompany any imported shipment.
However, this is to some extent limited to a paper exercise and loopholes for illegal goods to get in still exist. Many international initatives have been started in the past (RFMOs, FAO) to address these illegal activities but their implementation and enforcement has been poor.
Speaking at the Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament, Lövin also called for more transparency and listing of EU and non-EU vessels to a blacklist. She suggests the EU forms an ‘alliance of the willing’ with other countries such as the US and Japan which represent large seafood markets.
This initative has been met with great interest by other MEPs – particularly as it touches on many other topics other than just fisheries management: human rights, crime, traceability, consumer issues.
A resolution shall be tabled and will be voted on in the fisheries committee in July and in plenary in the autumn.
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