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As part of the continued fight against illegal fishing worldwide, the European Commission has today warned the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that they risk being identified as non-cooperating countries.
Why has the Commission issued yellow cards to Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as non-cooperative third countries?
The 11th South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (SEAFO) Annual Meeting, held from 1-5 December 2014, in Windhoek, Namibia adopted all conservation measures in line with scientific advice and reinforced the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems for bottom fisheries. This measures adopted included the adoption of bi-annual cacth limits for alfonsino, pelagic armourhead and orange roughy as well as harvest control rules.

Illegal fishing (IUU)

The EU rules to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing
Vessel fishing illegally for Patagonian toothfish in waters south of Australia, being inspected by the Australian navy.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage, and weakens costal communities, particularly in developing countries.
The EU is working to close the loopholes that allow illegal operators to profit from their activities:

  • The EU Regulation to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) entered into force on 1 January 2010. The Commission is working actively with all stakeholders to ensure coherent application of the IUU Regulation.
  • Only marine fisheries products validated as legal by the competent flag state or exporting state can be imported to or exported from the EU.
  • An IUU vessel list is issued regularly, based on IUU vessels identified by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.
  • The IUU Regulation also offers the possibility to blacklist states that turn a blind eye to illegal fishing activities.
  • EU operators who fish illegally anywhere in the world, under any flag, face substantial penalties proportionate to the economic value of their catch, which deprive them of any profit.

Legal basis

Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU Regulation)

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1010/2009 of 22 October 2009 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008

Commission Statements pdf - 48 KB [48 KB] of 18 September 2008

Secondary legislation, guidance and other information

Secondary legislation, guidance and other information