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Mediterranean countries advance on fighting illegal fishing in the world’s most overfished sea

Oceana’s reaction to the 13th Session of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Compliance Committee

Press Release Date

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Contacts:
Natividad Sánchez: nsanchez@oceana.org 0034 911 440 880
Agata Mrowiec: amrowiec@oceana.org +32 (0) 2 513 2242

Oceana praises the progress made by Mediterranean countries during a fisheries compliance meeting of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), held last week in Tirana, Albania.

At the conclusion of the regional gathering between 24 contracting parties, delegates agreed to adopt a stricter sanctioning process for non-compliant Mediterranean countries, and to mprove transparency and modernize measures against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Oceana applauds this progress but will remain vigilant towards any evidence of clear fisheries violations in the Mediterranean Sea, such as illegal fishing inside closed areas. It is of utmost importance to ensure that these activities are exposed and do not go unpunished.

“This is a laudable move by GFCM, as the proposals championed by the EU would align the GFCM with international standards already in place in many other shared fishing areas around the world. For example, empowering Mediterranean countries to take action if service providers, such as insurers or banks are found to be benefiting from and supporting IUU fishing, is a state-of-the-art approach in the fight against IUU fishing,” said Nicolas Fournier, Policy Manager at Oceana in Europe.