The Philippines, one of the world's biggest fishing nations, is in danger of facing an import ban from the European Union, the world's biggest fish importer, if it fails to curb illegal fishing. Th...
This came after the European Commission announced on Tuesday that it has decided to issue a “yellow card” against the Philippines after the country failed to fulfill its duties as flag, coastal, port or market state in line with international law, such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) or United Nations Fish Stocks Agreement.
The EU has taken a decision which highlights areas where the Philippines is not yet doing enough to fight illegal fishing. It identifies certain shortcomings, such as lack of actions to address deficiencies in monitoring, controlling and surveillance of fisheries, and suggests corrective actions to resolve them.
The decision will not, at this stage, entail any measures affecting trade.
“We want the Philippines as partner to combat illegal fishing,” Damanaki, said. “We want the country to improve its legal and control systems as required by international rules. But we also want to signal to the world that the EU will not tolerate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing – a criminal activity which undermines the livelihood of fishing communities and depletes fish stocks. It must be eradicated by all means.”