EU threatens Thailand over IUU fishing

Sanctions unless monitoring brought in.

EU threatens Thailand with trade ban over illegal fishing

World’s third-largest seafood exporter given six months to clean up its industry where ‘illegal fishing is almost totally allowed’


The EU has given Thailand, the world’s third-largest seafood exporter, six months to crack down on illegal fishing or face a trade ban on its fish imports.

South Korea and the Philippines though have escaped the commission’s net after bringing in legal reforms and improved control and inspection systems.

“The commission has put Thailand on formal notice, after identifying serious shortcoming in its fish monitoring, control and sanctioning systems,” the environment and fisheries commissioner, Karmenu Vella told a press conference in Brussels. “There are no controls whatsoever and no efforts being made whatsoever and illegal fishing is almost totally allowed.”

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