Sri Lanka avoids EU fishing sanctions

Nov 26, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has been named as a country that made progress over curbing illegal fishing by the European Commission, allowing the country to export to the European Union at least until next March. Sri Lanka was previously hit with a yellow card earlier, and fisheries minister Rajitha Senaratne has lobbied EU officials and explained the steps being taken to curb illegal fishing.

Sri Lanka, Fiji, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu had made sufficient progress to avoid being blocked from EU markets until March next year, AFP, a news agency said.

Minister Senaratne told LBO Sri Lanka has already passed a law to cover illegal fishing and a vessel monitoring system will also be in place by February and he expected the yellow card to be withdrawn after March.

The vessel monitoring system procurement is in progress and price negotiations are ongoing he said.

EU has hit Belize, Cambodia and Guinea with trade sanctions over illegal fishing, while slapping South Korea, Ghana and Curacao with yellow cards.