Brussels withdraws 'yellow card' to Thailand for its measures against illegal fishing

Brussels withdraws 'yellow card' to Thailand for its measures against illegal fishing


The country of Southeast Asia was on that list since April 2015 and its departure from it paralyzes the sanction process by which Brussels could have completely banned imports into the EU block of Thai products from marine fisheries.

"Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing harms the world's fish stocks, but also harms people who live off the sea, especially those who are already vulnerable to poverty," said the Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fishing, Karmenu Vella.

"Fight against illegal fishing, therefore, is a priority for the EU, I am pleased that today we have a new partner committed to this fight," he added.

Specifically, Thailand has modified its legal framework on fisheries and has reinforced the fulfillment of its "obligations as Flag State, port, coastal and market," as explained by the European Commission. It has also strengthened the control mechanisms of its fishing fleet and has improved its surveillance, control and supervision systems.

In addition, although not part of the dialogue on illegal fishing, Brussels has recognized the "efforts" of Thailand to stop trafficking in human beings and "improve" the working conditions of the fishing sector.

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