EU bans fish imports from Cambodia

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Cambodia fishingThe European Union has announced that it was banning fish imports from Cambodia and two other countries because of illegal fishing under their countries’ flags, taking the drastic step because of Cambodia’s failure to act.

The bans also prohibit EU vessels from fishing in the waters of the offending countries, besides Cambodia also Belize and Guinea which were warned in 2012 that their imports were in danger.

The EU’s fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki says the pressure will be maintained on the offending countries.

“The heart of the problem is the lack of effective control on their fleet,” she said.

“How can they claim in these circumstances that the fish caught under their flag or in their coastal waters is sustainable?”

Cambodia has long been known as a country that allows so-called “flags of convenience” for fishing boats. But the director general of Cambodia’s fisheries department Nov Thuak says his country is limited in what it can do.

“We cannot act on anything because this maritime fishing is in the international zone and they are posting Cambodia’s flag,” he said.

“It’s not under the competency of the fisheries department or the ministry of agriculture.”

The EU is the world’s top importer of fresh and frozen fish and seafood. It’s often been criticised for not doing enough to prevent fish caught illegally ending up in Europe.

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The European Union has announced that it was banning fish imports from Cambodia and two other countries because of illegal fishing under their countries’ flags, taking the drastic step because of Cambodia’s failure to act.

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Cambodia fishingThe European Union has announced that it was banning fish imports from Cambodia and two other countries because of illegal fishing under their countries’ flags, taking the drastic step because of Cambodia’s failure to act.

The bans also prohibit EU vessels from fishing in the waters of the offending countries, besides Cambodia also Belize and Guinea which were warned in 2012 that their imports were in danger.

The EU’s fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki says the pressure will be maintained on the offending countries.

“The heart of the problem is the lack of effective control on their fleet,” she said.

“How can they claim in these circumstances that the fish caught under their flag or in their coastal waters is sustainable?”

Cambodia has long been known as a country that allows so-called “flags of convenience” for fishing boats. But the director general of Cambodia’s fisheries department Nov Thuak says his country is limited in what it can do.

“We cannot act on anything because this maritime fishing is in the international zone and they are posting Cambodia’s flag,” he said.

“It’s not under the competency of the fisheries department or the ministry of agriculture.”

The EU is the world’s top importer of fresh and frozen fish and seafood. It’s often been criticised for not doing enough to prevent fish caught illegally ending up in Europe.

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