Data loading...

Vanuatu In Brussels To Solve Problems On IUU Tuna


Officials from Vanuatu and the European Union gathered in Brussels last week to solve problems of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, after the EU issued the Pacific island country a warning in November for having weak laws against the illegal practice.

If Vanuatu does not improve their legal systems in the next three months, the EU could ban their fishery products from entering the EU market.
In the tuna sector, the vast majority of tuna purse seiners flagged to Vanuatu are owned by Taiwan, according to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s (WCFPC) record of fishing vessels. Seventeen of the 19 Vanuatan-flagged vessels are Taiwanese and they fish largely in the waters of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA). Most of their catch is delivered to processors in Thailand.
In November 2012, the EU also gave IUU warnings to seven other countries including Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka and Togo.
The next meeting between Vanuatu and the EU will be held in May in Port Vila, Vanuatu and the EU is expected to review Vanuatu’s commitment and progress on IUU issues.