EU FISHERIES AGREEMENTS. A POINT OF REFERENCE IN TERMS OF TRANSPARENCY, SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES AND COOPERATION WITH THIRD COUNTRIES
ANABAC-OPTUC highlights its point of view at EUROFISHING, during the World Maritime Week.
ANABAC-OPTUC was present in the World Maritime Week, which was held in Bilbao in the past 27th-31st March. The association actively participated in the EUROFISHING panel, celebrated in the 28th, where fisheries agreements for good governance and fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) were discussed.
The event was attended by representatives from several sectors, providing, accordingly, different perspectives on the subject. It is noted that EU’s point of view was presented (Setefaan Depyepre, Director for International Ocean Governance and Sustainable Fisheries), as well as the ones from African countries, such as Liberia (Elizabeth-Rose Amidjogbe, representative of the Bureau of National Fisheries of Liberia), which on one hand has a signed Fisheries Agreements with the EU, and Kenya, that on the other hand has not signed an Agreement yet, but are in pre-negotiations (Harrison Charo-Karisa, Ag. Director, Fisheries Resources Development and Marketing, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development, State Department of Fisheries, Kenya).
ANABAC-OPTUC highlighted that reinforcing EU agreements in the Atlantic as well as the Indian ocean is one of the most important challenges and must be a priority of the external dimension of the EU policy and of the promotion of sustainability and the fight against IUU fishing. Moreover, our association emphasised that it must also be a tool to be exploited in greater depth to reinforce EU alliances within the framework of regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) with a view to implementing initiatives and proposals jointly with the coastal states which enter into fisheries agreements with the EU, in support of the sustainability and conservation of tuna resources.