EU withdraws threat of fish import ban from Thailand

10-Jan-2019 - Belgium
The EU Commission has withdrawn its threat of a ban on imports of seafood and fish from Thailand. The Southeast Asian country has taken effective action against illegal fishing and complied with European demands, said Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella on Tuesday in Brussels.
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The European Commission had warned Thailand in 2015 that it was not sufficiently curbing illegal fishing from the EU's point of view. According to the Commission, between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish are caught illegally worldwide every year - at least 15 percent of the total catch. The so-called pirate fishing contributes significantly to the overfishing of the seas.
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Chatchai Sarikulya said his country had meanwhile revised legislation and halved the country's fishing fleet. In addition, controls on fishing vessels in ports had been improved and a system for remote monitoring of large fishing vessels had been introduced./jki/DP/fba (dpa)

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