Published On: Fri, Jul 25th, 2014

NGOs tell Curaçao that new deadlines must come with results

45502_350x280_72_DPI_0WILLEMSTAD - The European commission’s decision to give six more months to Curacao to show progress in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing can only be accepted if the government gives concrete proofs of combating illegal fishing, said a coalition of NGOs.

The commission has given the island six more months to improve efforts to stop illegal fishing by its vessels.

In November 2013, Curaçao along with South Korea and Ghana, had been given yellow card by the European commission and risk facing trade sanctions unless they cooperate in combating IUU.

“Real improvements will be measured not only by policies and regulations, but by putting reforms into practice. The EU system of ‘yellow’ and ‘red’ cards and the consequent ban on import of seafood products from suspected countries are important steps in the global fight against illegal and pirate fishing,” said the coalition of NGOs, which includes Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF.

The coalition will focus on supporting the continued and improved implementation of the EU’s efforts to prevent illegal fishing, it said.

 

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