EU to ban fish imports from Cambodia

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cambodia fishing1Cambodia, together with Guinea, Belize, South Korea, Ghana and Curaçao, have been warned by the European Union in its first major sanction against nations that allow illegal fishing operations. The Guardian reported.

Cambodia, Guinea and Belize were already warned in 2012 that the European commission was preparing to end imports of their fish and fish products, because of concerns that they had failed to take action over piracy and illegal fishing. It is the first time imports have been banned as a result of the widespread global trade in landing fish for which vessels do not have the correct fishing permits. EU vessels will also be banned in fishing in the waters of the three offending nations.

The sanctions, announced by the European commission on November 26, will have to be ratified by the EU’s council before they come into force in 2014.

The EU imports around 65 per cent of its seafood. Its imports from the six countries that could be banned amount to more than $270 million a year.

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Cambodia, together with Guinea, Belize, South Korea, Ghana and Curaçao, have been warned by the European Union in its first major sanction against nations that allow illegal fishing operations. The Guardian reported.

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cambodia fishing1Cambodia, together with Guinea, Belize, South Korea, Ghana and Curaçao, have been warned by the European Union in its first major sanction against nations that allow illegal fishing operations. The Guardian reported.

Cambodia, Guinea and Belize were already warned in 2012 that the European commission was preparing to end imports of their fish and fish products, because of concerns that they had failed to take action over piracy and illegal fishing. It is the first time imports have been banned as a result of the widespread global trade in landing fish for which vessels do not have the correct fishing permits. EU vessels will also be banned in fishing in the waters of the three offending nations.

The sanctions, announced by the European commission on November 26, will have to be ratified by the EU’s council before they come into force in 2014.

The EU imports around 65 per cent of its seafood. Its imports from the six countries that could be banned amount to more than $270 million a year.

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