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EU Parliament Wants Vessel’s Flag State On Tuna Label France, September 14, 12

Consumers will be better informed when purchasing fish products (such as canned and frozen tuna) in future, thanks to new rules endorsed by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today, according to Jim Higgins MEP.
Mr. Higgins, EPP Group Shadow Rapporteur for the Report on Common Organization of the Markets in Fishery and Aquaculture Products (CMO), has welcomed the adoption of the Report as the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy continues over the coming months.
“The old Common Market Organization did not contribute to sustainable production. This Report provides a basis for Irish co-ops to become more involved with the management of their local fisheries”, Mr. Higgins explained.
Mr. Higgins also criticized previous rules as being too strict on EU fishermen: “EU production lacks competitiveness in a globalised environment. We have high standards for our own fishermen to encourage quality, responsible practices and yet, we import tuna fish from places like China where there are no EU equivalent inspections at all.”
“New measures approved by Parliament in this Report today will lead to a much clearer labeling system for fish products, adhering to strict EU rules. Consumers will be able to make a more informed choice when they can easily determine when the fish was caught, where from, and in which country the vessel that caught the fish is registered. These measures empower the consumer and are positive steps towards protecting the livelihoods of EU fishermen.”
The new rules will also enable policy-makers to manage problematic fluctuations in demand for fish products in a more effective manner.
“Better marketing practices proposed in this CMO, minimum process and electronic online auctions are also outlined in the text which has been endorsed by a majority of MEPs”, Mr. Higgins added.
The EPP Group is by far the largest political group in the European Parliament with 271 Members and 3 Croatian Observer Members.