Joint statement to halt illegal fishing – Fishupdate.com

Joint statement to halt illegal fishing Published:  11 October, 2005

FISHERMEN organisations in three EU countries together with colleagues from the Faeroe Islands and Norway are calling for all countries both inside and outside the EU to take action against the landing and marketing of illegally caught fish. The countries signed a joint statement to this effect during a meeting that took place this week in Norway’s Trondheim, Norwegian website Fiskaren.no reported.

It was the leader of Norway’s fishing team, Reidar Nilsen who took the initiative to issue a joint statement against illegal fishing and landing. This is seen as a step in the right direction prior to the meeting over the Norwegian/Russian fishery. A central point is to get all EU nations to ensure that landed catches are legally caught within assigned quotas in accordance with international agreements. Now spokespersons from fishing organisations in Sweden, Denmark, the Faeroe Islands, Ireland and Norway are asking countries inside and outside the EU and the European Commission to take action to ensure that fish that has been caught illegally does not enter the market. The joint statement was signed by the President of the Danish Fishermen’s Association, the president of Norway’s Fishing Team, the president of the Faeroe Fishermen’s Organisation, the president of the Swedish Fishermen’s Organisation and the president of the Irish Fishermen’s Organisation.

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