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May 7, 2013

Europe blacklists Belize for illegal unreported unregulated fishing

Belize has been blacklisted by the European Union among eight countries that are considered non-cooperative in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.  The list also includes Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Vanuatu. On April twenty-fourth the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee adopted a measure that will allow the publication of countries and the vessels that are involved in IUU. The reason for the listing is that this type of fishing depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage while weakening coastal communities. This decision is a first of its kind, but does not entail any trade-affecting measures, but the EU could ban the sale of fisheries products to the EU if offending countries do not make adjustments. A decision of that sort could also damage the economy of coastal communities and fishing cooperatives that depend upon the sea for their livelihood. News Five spoke to James Azueta from the Fisheries Department and he said that there is a process that Belize and the other countries are participating in. Azueta says that a mission went earlier in the year to Brussels where an exchange of information occurred. Azueta assures News Five that their office had not been informed of the blacklisting; however, but there is another official delegation that will head to Brussels later in the year.

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6 Responses for “Europe blacklists Belize for illegal unreported unregulated fishing”

  1. Simone says:

    !@#$ the EU and their no hanging gay banging ways

  2. Belizean says:

    Just another sign that 1 or 2 of the riches countries trying to implement their control in another country..We do not need other countries to control our fishing. What is it to them anyway

  3. Cat says:

    Stop selling our Belizean flag to vessels that conduct illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Those vessels are the ones that fly Belize flag high in international waters but are non-Belizean for sure!

  4. Storm says:

    Blacklist Europe for its ultra-libral, pro-homosexual agenda.

    Sell our shrimp elsewhere. That said, we must have the wisdom to make sure we do not destroy our fisheries by over-fishing. If the fisheries are maintained wisely, they will last centuries into the future. If not, they can be killed off in a decade.

  5. impartial says:

    Cat don’t be stupid, 95 % od the ships trade under another Flag and that it is perfectly legal. If that wasn’t so unu could see only Chinese, EU, japan flags, etc and no man from any other country could work on board. If would be so expensive that cruise ships would charge a lot of money and nobody would come to Belize on cruise vacation…do you really want that???

  6. watchama says:

    “Sell our shrimp elsewhere. That said, we must have the wisdom to make sure we do not destroy our fisheries by over-fishing. If the fisheries are maintained wisely, they will last centuries into the future. If not, they can be killed off in a decade.” That’s exactly what they want you to do. I guess without white massa telling you, you don’t know which way to turn.

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