The list was made based on the country’s level of compliance with the rules and regulations and took into account their level of development.
IUU fishing can reduce the productivity of legitimate fisheries. It can produce between 11 and 26 million tons of seafood annually (up to 40% of the total catch) which can result in an annual economic loss between $10 and $23 billion.
“We have to put sustainability at the heart of our action both for fish caught in our waters and for fish caught in other waters,” said Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Below are the countries on the list:
- Sri Lanka
These countries will be banned from trading any fisheries products with the EU and will be barred from all joint fishing operations or chartering agreements with EU vessels. But, all of the countries will be given an opportunity to respond and improve their performance.
“Illegal fishing is a major threat to the world’s fish,” said Tony Long, head of the Pew Environment Group’s global effort to end illegal fishing. “All too often, illegal fishers are able to operate with impunity due to lax enforcement at the State level. The European Commission, by publishing this list, is making it clear that it is serious about confronting countries that do not stop illegal fishing or continue to trade in illegally caught fish.”
To learn more:
- Check out this news release from the European Commission: Commission warns third countries over insufficient action to fight illegal fishing
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