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Oct 14, 2014

EU to Lift Fisheries Ban on Belize

There is some good news coming out the European Commission. In March this year, the EC imposed restrictions on Belize and other countries for not doing enough to combat illegal fishing activities even after government passed a new High Seas Fishing Act.  Well earlier today, the EC announced that it is lifting the sanctions over non-cooperation in fighting illegal, unregulated and unrestricted fishing. The EC is also lifting its so-called ‘yellow cards’ on Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu. According to the commission (Quote) “Belize has demonstrated its commitment to reforming its legal framework and adopting a new set of rules for inspection, control and monitoring of vessels (Unquote) However, the commission announced it has decided to impose sanctions onto Sri Lanka for its lack of progress in fighting IUU, while extending its deadline for South Korea, Ghana and Curacao to January 2015. In the case of Sri Lanka, starting mid-January —all fishery imports from vessels carry the Sri Lankan flag, into the EU will be banned.


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