Fight against illegal fishing: Commission identifies Cameroon as a non-cooperating country

Daily News 05 / 01 / 2023

Economia - pubblicata il 05 Gennaio 2023

Source: European Commission Spokesperson’s Service

Today, the Commission decided to classify Cameroon as a non-cooperating country in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, giving it a so-called
red card‘. From now onwards, EU Member States shall refuse the importation of fishery products from Cameroon even when accompanied by catch certificates validated by the national
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “Sustainable fisheries and better ocean governance go hand in hand and the Commission is firmly
committed to both. We have zero tolerance for IUU fishing and therefore the Commission has acted strongly today by giving Cameroon a red card. We remain ready to continue our dialogue with
Cameroon in order to address the threats that IUU fishing poses to the sustainability of fish stocks, coastal communities, food security and the livelihoods of fishermen and -women who follow
the rules.”
Today’s decision is based on the EU’s ‘IUU Regulation‘, which
ensures that only legally caught fisheries products can access the EU market. The listing of Cameroon is based on the persistence of serious shortcomings that were outlined in a
notification adopted in February 2021 which already warned of the possibility to identify Cameroon as a non-cooperating country. In particular, it is based on the failure of Cameroonian
authorities to ensure adequate control over the national fishing fleet and to take necessary corrective measures for the cessation and prevention of IUU fishing activities.
IUU fishing is one of the most serious threats to the sustainable exploitation of living aquatic resources. The Commission applies a zero-tolerance approach towards IUU fishing.
More information is in the press release and Q&A.

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