European Union removes yellow card on Philippine fish import

“The European Commission has revoked the warning yellow card issued to the Philippines in June 2014 regarding measures to fight illegal fishing. The EU acknowledges Philippines’ efforts to partner up with us in fighting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing,” the European Union said on in its website April 21.

“The Philippines has taken responsible action, amended its legal systems and switched to proactive approach against illegal fishing,” European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said.

Last June 2014 EU released yellow warning for Philippines and Papua New Guinea. “Our thorough analysis highlights they are not acting sufficiently to fight illegal fishing. And any illegally caught fish is of great concern: it undermines the livelihood of fishing communities and depletes fish stocks.” the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said.

Nations who will not make progress specially on issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing will be banned from trading fish into the EU.