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Fairer Fishing?

The Impact on Developing Countries of the European Community Regulation on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fisheries

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This Economic Paper considers the likely effects on African, Caribbean and Pacific countries of the European Union’s Directive on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, planned to be implemented from 2010. It will be difficult for developing countries to meet the requirements of the directive at time when many aspects of globalisation are supportive of IUU fishing. The authors argue that even though measures to combat IUU fishing are welcome, developing countries will require comprehensive technical and financial resources to effectively implement this directive, otherwise a disproportionate burden of global efforts to combat IUU fishing will fall on them.

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An Overview of the ACP-EC Fisheries Trade System

The current framework for ACP-EC fisheries relations sits within a multi-channel system of fish supply to the EC. Analysis of the ACP-EC fish sector needs to bear this multi-channel system in mind. We do not however describe this multi-channel system in systematic detail in this report and have not attempted to disaggregate the fisheries product flow statistics provided in the report on this basis.

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