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Commissioner congratulates Ghana on progress made in the fight against illegal fishing

(18/12/2015) Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, today met with Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development of Ghana.

The Commissioner thanked Ghana, and the Minister personally, for the strong commitment shown in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The progress made, in close cooperation with the EU, resulted in the lifting of the EU's "yellow card" on 1 October this year.

This was not only a huge political success for Ghana, the Commissioner said, but also a clear example for other countries in Africa and around the world that positive change was possible with the right political commitment.

He also expressed the Commission's wish to build on this success and pursue close cooperation with Ghana, not just on illegal fishing, but also on broader ocean governance issues.

Press point with the Commissioner and the Minister

Commissioner's remarks

Infographic on IUU