EU Issues Warning on Illegal Fishing | WWF

EU Issues Warning on Illegal Fishing

Posted on 12 December 2014    
illegal fishing leads to devastation cod stock
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The European Commission has issued warnings to four states for failing to comply with strict new EU fisheries rules aimed at combatting illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing - a major cause of overfishing, and a key WWF priority. The four states, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, bring to 17 the number of states warned to comply with the new rules or face sanctions, including a ban on exporting fish to the EU, if no remedial action is taken within 6 months. IUU fishing – estimated to cost between €8 and €19 billion annually, representing 11 to 26 million tonnes of catch - depletes fish stocks, damages marine ecosystems, penalizes legitimate fishers and jeopardizes the livelihoods of vulnerable communities. 

Original article posted on: 12.12.14       Updated on: 19.03.15
illegal fishing leads to devastation cod stock
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