Brussels, Belgium: The EU gave Cameroon a “red card” on Thursday for not cooperating within the worldwide battle towards unlawful fishing.
The European Fee stated in a press release that it has recognized Cameroon as a “non-cooperative country,” incomes the “red card” designation, and can ask EU member states so as to add the nation to the bloc’s blacklist.
It stated this was as a result of Cameroon continues to register fishing vessels working outdoors its waters with out adequately monitoring their actions – together with one vessel concerned in unlawful fishing.
A “red card” may stop Cameroon from with the ability to export its fishery merchandise to the EU.
However at present no such export takes place as a result of Cameroon’s merchandise don’t meet EU sanitary requirements.
The designation may additionally prohibit EU corporations from buying Cameroonian-flagged fishing vessels or conducting joint fishing operations with such vessels, or from re-flagging such vessels.
EU Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius stated “we have zero tolerance for IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing” and the proposed Cameroon designation mirrored that.
He stated the fee was able to proceed talks with Cameroon on the difficulty in order that it may meet the required requirements.
The Fee’s assertion stated the EU views unlawful fishing as “one of the most serious threats to the sustainable use of living aquatic resources.”
It stated it additionally jeopardizes the bloc’s widespread fisheries coverage and its efforts to advertise higher ocean governance.
The fee has issued unlawful fishing “red cards” to 6 different international locations since 2013: Belize, Cambodia, Comoros, Guinea, Sri Lanka and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Of those, Belize, Guinea and Sri Lanka have made adjustments to get off the EU blacklist.