ANABAC actively participate in the Advisory Committe on Long Distance Fleet
ANABAC ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LONG DISTANCE FLEET (LDRAC) BRUSSELS (20 and 21 MARCH) AND PRESENTS A MOTION TO STRENGTHEN THE FIGHT AGAINST IUU FISHING.
ANABAC managing director has actively participated in the last meeting of the LDRAC in Brussels on 20 and 21 March. The creation of the Regional Advisory Councils, is a milestone for the EU as a way to ensure the participation of all stakeholders in the process of elaboration and development of fisheries management policies of the European Union, not only the fishing and processors industry, but also non-governmental organizations (NGOs), trade unions, consumers, etc... The LDRAC, mainly deals with issues relating to fisheries and trade agreements with third countries and relations with regional fisheries organizations, i.e., the external dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy.
The meeting made a review by representatives of the European Commission on the status of the negotiation of fisheries agreements with third countries, confirming the good path of the European Union's fisheries agreements as the best way to promote the most rigorous management for fisheries in the world, transparency and pursuing the fight against illegal fishing. The LDRAC has agreed to require EU member States to provide sufficient human and financial resources to the external dimension in accordance with the new needs and challenges. LDRAC also asked for greater coherence between EU development and cooperation policy with fisheries policy by prioritizing projects of commercial interest to the coastal countries in Africa.
With regard to relations with the regional fisheries organizations RFMOs, ANABAC has filed a motion aimed at strengthening the fight against illegal fishing (in which the European Union and European operators are a world leader) and reinforce the definition IUU fishing but while avoiding the generalization of this concept and the demonization of fishing. This motion has been welcomed by the members of this LDRAC, which after discussion and the introduction of appropriate improvements by other stakeholders, will likely be approved at the next meeting of the Regional Advisory Council LDRAC.
Regarding the horizontal and market issues, ANABAC has expressed its concern to the EU for the delay in the implementation of the new EU trade agreements with the African states and that this may lead to a disruption of the current trade bonds and has also asked the EU not to privilege trade relations with Asian developed countries not complying with social and labor standards in the EU.