Belize blacklisted by the European Fisheries Committee

Belize is one of eight countries which has been blacklisted by the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee. On what grounds? Well the Committee says that Belize is being non-cooperative in the fight against legal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The blacklisting was proposed by the European Commission, but ultimately voted on in April by Fisheries Committee. On 15 November of last year, the European Commission adopted a decision indicating that the 8 countries that have an insufficient record in tackling illegal fishing, risk being branded as non-cooperative. So what does all this mean for Belize’s fisheries industry? Well … nothing, yet –but the EU warns that if the situation does not improve, it could take further steps, which could entail trade measures such as a ban on selling fisheries products to the EU. The other eight countries included in the list are Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, the Togolese Republic and the Republic of Vanuatu.

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