New report on the impact of the EU IUU Regulation on seafood trade flows
Just over 10 years ago, it was estimated that 500,000 tonnes of illegally caught seafood products were entering our EU markets every year. An illicit activity valued at EUR 1.1 billion that was not only damaging local communities and businesses, but also depleting our pristine marine resources.
The European Union is the largest trader of fishery and aquaculture products in the world in terms of value and its citizens consume an average of 25.5kg of fish per capita/per year. This is why the adoption of the EU Regulation against illegal unreported unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2008 was a crucial step to ensure that all fish brought to our table is legally sourced and traded.
“The report has identified a number of anomalies in trade – for example, spikes in the import of high value species into specific member states after a yellow carding decision. This clearly shows that more work is needed to ensure that seafood imports across the EU are controlled in a harmonised, robust and effective manner,” said Eszter Hidas, Senior Policy Officer at WWF's European Policy Office.
“EU citizens must be able to rely on the seafood they consume to be caught legally. We therefore call on all EU member states to apply rigorous controls of their seafood imports. Even smaller and landlocked member states have a role to play to eradicate weak border points of entry, which illicit fishing operators can abuse.”
Read more in the IUU watch blog post.