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.



EC Policy Framework for Fisheries

The EC is the world’s leading importer of fish and has fishing fleets in every ocean. The EC considers itself to have a major responsibility in taking a lead in preventing, deterring and eliminating IUU fishing, and it has a clear economic interest in combating it. Given the high levels of support the EC gives to its fisheries (including subsidies to the EC fleet), EC fishing interests are concerned that IUU fish is a source of price competition.


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