Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2017

EU lifts yellow card on Curaçao for illegal fishing

fisheries_interceptWILLEMSTAD – Curaçao has made great progress in the fight against illegal fishing, and can now effectively address this practice. Therefore, the European Commission draws the yellow card which was handed out in 2013. An imminent export prohibition to the EU is thus of the table.

This was announced by the European Commissioner Karmenu Vella (Fisheries) on Wednesday at a conference on oceans in Bali. The Solomon Islands have adapted their legislation and their yellow card was also off the table. Vella called it good news for sustainable fisheries. He called other countries to do the same.

An estimated 15 percent of global fishery does not meet the rules. That represents a value of about 10 billion euros.

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