Ending the EU-Comoros fisheries deal: The EU must step up against illegal fishing
Yesterday, Members of the European Parliament backed plans to end the EU-Comoros Fisheries Agreement, due to the Comoros’ involvement in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Today’s voted proposal aims at terminating the agreement which was followed by problems with piracy and the Comoros’ failure to comply with the Regulation on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
MEP Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Member of the Committee on Fisheries, said today:
“This is the first time that the EU has not concluded a new fisheries agreement but has actually terminated one. Even though the economic and social impact of ending this agreement will not be big, this is still an unfortunate step, but it is a necessary one too.”
“The EU stands for rules-based and sustainable fishing. But we also have to show our commitment to fight illegal fishing globally. Today, we are sending the signal that the EU sticks to this commitment. Furthermore, we are setting the right incentives for other states to take their responsibilities seriously, and implement reforms to their fisheries sector.”
The EU-Comoros fisheries partnership agreement ran from 2005 to 2011 and then was tacitly renewed for 7 years. Bilateral fisheries relations between the European Union (and its predecessors) and the Comoros date back to 1988. This fisheries agreement allows EU vessels, mainly from Spain, France and Portugal, to fish in the Comoros waters and is part of the tuna network fisheries agreements in the Indian Ocean.
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