EU lifts ‘Yellow Card’ for Solomon Islands

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The ‘Yellow Card’ which was given out to Solomon Islands by the European Commission in December 2014 for not complying with the illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) regulations on fishing activities in the region has been lifted.

European Commission in a statement on Wednesday this week established that is has lifted the ‘yellow cards’ for Solomon Islands, recognising the significant progress it has made in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, a statement from EU says.

Speaking on the margins of The Economist’s World Ocean Summit in Bali, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said:
“This is a good day for Solomon Islands, and good news for sustainable fisheries around the globe.

“Countries worldwide have a shared duty to fight illegal fishing, protect law-abiding fishermen, and keep our oceans healthy.
”I encourage others to join the European Union in this fight and contribute to better ocean governance,” Mr Vella said.

He said, under the IUU Regulation, the European Commission warned Solomon Islands in December 2014 that they were not doing enough against IUU fishing.

“Since then, Solomon Islands have brought their fisheries administrative and legal frameworks in line with international law, and are now equipped to tackle illegal fishing effectively.”

The IUU Regulation is the EU’s main tool in the fight against illegal fishing.
It encourages countries to work with the European Commission to improve their fisheries governance and retain access to the EU’s market.

The EU is the world’s biggest importer of fisheries products.
The global value of IUU fishing is estimated at approximately 10 billion euros per year, up to 15% of catches worldwide.