Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:48

European Commission: EU and Republic of Korea to jointly fight IUU fishing

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, and Mr Kim Young-Choon, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea have agreed to collaborate closely to combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The new alliance, in line with the objectives of the EU’s Ocean Governance strategy will;

  • exchange information about suspected IUU-activities
  • enhance global traceability of fishery products threatened by Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing, through a risk-based, electronic catch documentation and certification system
  • join forces in supporting developing states in the fight against IUU fishing and the promotion of sustainable fishing through education and training
  • strengthen cooperation in international fora, including regional fisheries management organisations.

This partnership is nothing new for these allies, as they have been working together for the last several years, but this agreement reaffirms their vow to stop IUU. The Republic of Korea is the fourth country to sign a joint statement with the EU on IUU fishing. Commissioner Vella said that the agreement sends a clear message to those breaking international laws that there is no place for illegal products on the international market. And that the EU will continue to fight until IUU fishing has been eradicated. Other countries include USA, Canada and Japan. Combined these economies imported almost €90 billion euros worth of fish and fisheries product in 2017.