Illegal fishing: EU lifts Taiwan’s yellow card following reforms

fishing

(Erwan Hesry, Unsplash)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission.


The EU recognises Taiwan’s reforms put in place during the last three and a half years to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).Today the European Commission decided to lift the yellow card acknowledging the progress made by Taiwan and the major upgrade of its fisheries legal and administrative systems to fight against IUU fishing.

Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “I welcome the considerable efforts undertaken by Taiwan to reform its fisheries legal framework, implement new control tools and improve the traceability of marine fisheries products. The EU’s dialogue with Taiwan has shown again that international cooperation is a key driver towards healthier ocean management.”

The EU is committed to the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and is working with countries across the world to that end. After the issuing of the yellow card in October 2015, the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, and Taiwan have engaged in three and a half years of intense cooperation and dialogue.

As a result of that cooperation, Taiwanese authorities now have a broad range of modern and efficient tools to fight IUU fishing in place. This is a major step forward, given that Taiwan’s long distance fleet is the second largest in the world, and therefore plays a central role in the international supply chain for fisheries products. Taiwan has also reinforced obligations imposed on Taiwanese operators owning fishing vessels flagged to third countries.

To keep building on these achievements, the Commission will propose the establishment of a dedicated IUU Working Group. This forum will allow both sides to maintain a close cooperation on matters relating to the fight against IUU fishing, including at the multilateral, regional and sub-regional levels.

In addition, the EU and Taiwan will continue addressing labour conditions in the fishing sector in the framework of their human rights consultations.

Background

The global value of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is estimated at 10-20 billion euros per year. Every year, between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish are caught illegally, corresponding to at least 15% of the world catches. The EU is the world’s biggest importer of fisheries products.

Fighting IUU fishing is part of the EU’s commitment to ensure sustainable use of the sea and its resources, under the common fisheries policy. It is also an important pillar of the EU’s ocean governance strategy, aiming to improve the international governance of the oceans.

Commission actions are based on the EU’s ‘IUU Regulation’, which entered into force in 2010[1]. Pursuant to its provisions, only fisheries products that have been certified as legal, can access the EU market. The Regulation also provides for specific dialogue mechanisms with the countries that are not in a position to provide such assurance or to discharge their obligations as Flag, Coastal, Port and Market State under international law. The prime objective of these dialogues is to rectify the existing shortcomings, through appropriate support to the third countries concerned. Hence, they often lead to new and committed partners in the fight against IUU fishing.

Since November 2012, the Commission entered in formal dialogues with 25 third countries, i.e. officially warned them of the need to take effective action to fight IUU fishing (pre-identification or yellow card). In most cases, significant progress was observed and therefore the Commission could satisfactorily close the formal dialogue phase and give them a green card. Only a few countries have not shown the necessary commitment to reforms until now. As a result, fisheries products caught by their vessels cannot be imported into the EU (identification or red card).

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

EU-China Light Bridge in Brussels signals the bright coming of the Year of The Dog

Re-open EU: Commission launches a website to safely resume travelling and tourism in the EU

‘Words must never be met with violence’ urges UN, following Taliban threat to journalists

CLIMATE CHANGE FOCUS: Cows, coffee and sustainable farming

Deutsche Bank chased away from US, threatened with more fines

MEPs approve EU’s spending in 2017

European Commissioner for Youth wants young people to be at heart of policy making

SoftLayer, an IBM company, @ TheNextWeb 2014: Masters of Failure and Change

The EU Commission openly repudiates the austere economic policies

The global economy is woefully unprepared for biological threats. This is what we need to do

The Parliament paves the way for the creation of the European Banking Union

Mindfulness: a freedom we can still have in the pandemic

The Linde Group Logo (Source: The Linde Group website, Press Services, 2018)

EU starts in-depth investigation of Linde-Praxair merger over competition concerns

Trade/Human Rights: Commission decides to partially withdraw Cambodia’s preferential access to the EU market

Is 2019 the beginning of the end for coal in Europe?

Security Council: UN welcomes efforts to de-escalate crisis in northeast Syria

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: 195 countries adopt the First Universal Climate Agreement

Drastic deterioration in security across Burkina Faso as 70,000 flee their homes in past two months, UN warns

Impressions of China

‘Dire consequences’ for a million children in the Middle East, North Africa, as funding dwindles

UN unveils global influenza strategy to prevent ‘real’ threat of pandemic

1 in 13 young British people have PTSD. Here’s why

Presidents of pan-European youth organisations call upon the European Council to preserve the Schengen principles

Parliament approves €34m in EU aid to Greece, Poland, Lithuania and Bulgaria

More funds needed to counter ‘persistent and multi-faceted humanitarian problems’ in Ethiopia

How to turn Africa’s manufacturing sector into a high-tech powerhouse

In 2020 Asia will have the world’s largest GDP. Here’s what that means

The Amazon is reaching a dangerous tipping-point. We need to scale solutions now if we have any chance of saving it

Why Eurozone can afford spending for growth

Commission launches new edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor 2019

Coronavirus: rescEU medical materials dispatched to Serbia

‘Brutal weather’ continues as Rohingya refugee children endure devastating rainfall in Bangladesh

Ercom, cutting-edge Telco solutions from Europe

Greece may offer to China a European gateway

Are ECB’s €500 billion enough to revive Eurozone? Will the banks pass it to the real economy?

More efforts needed to boost trust in business and finance

This is why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

Reject passivity and embrace ‘responsibility for our future,’ Lithuania’s President tells UN Assembly

Worldwide terror attacks have fallen for the third year in a row

What cryptocurrencies will do to the integrity of politics

New committees begin their work

How smarter machines can make us smarter humans

Why Europe’s high productive performance is discredited?

The European Brain Drain: a truth or a myth?

A reality check on inclusive innovation

Humanitarian aid: €7 million for disaster preparedness in Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region

EU elections 2019: Trump’s share in the support of populism

Back to school: Schoolchildren to receive milk, fruits and vegetables at school thanks to EU programme

UN agencies call for action to bolster rights of Europe’s stateless children

‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa: UN Secretary-General

EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €5.6 billion out of €6 billion now allocated in support of refugees

India is now the world’s 5th largest economy

The technologies – and thoughtful collaborations – that can build resilience in the food system after COVID-19

A shocking new report reveals what we’ve done to the natural world

World Maritime Day: Commissioner Vălean calls for support and safe return of seafarers

Corruption is rife in the COVID-19 era. Here’s how to fight back

Climate change: Parliament’s blueprint for long-term CO2 cuts

Coronavirus Global Response: European Commission pledges €300 million to Gavi

EU4Health: 9.4 billion EUR budget needed for new EU health programme

Eurozone: Sovereign debt decreases for the first time since 2007

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s