In a move to eradicate illegal fishing, the EU has blacklisted Belize from exporting it’s produce to the world’s most valuable seafood market as of Monday May 13, the ban will require ALL EU states to stop importing seafood from Belize and the EU vessels are required to stay out of their waters. The ban includes Belize, Cambodia and Guinea. This comes after being warned back in 2012 to take action against illegal fishing or face the consequences.[pullquote]“I want EU citizens to know that the fish they consume is sustainable, wherever it comes from.
– EU’s Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanaki”[/pullquote]
“Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing depletes fish stocks, damages marine ecosystems, puts legitimate fishers at an unfair disadvantage and jeopardizes the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities,” said WWF, Oceana, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Environmental Justice Foundation.
The European Commission considered that the five other nations warned — Panama, Fiji, Togo, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu — had made significant progress, but the Commission is continuing to monitor the situation.
Another three countries — South Korea, Ghana and Curacao — received warning “yellow cards” in November and are currently being evaluated.
Belize is already hard pressed as it is when it comes to the economy now add this in and guess what? We will be waiting for the political parties in Belize to address this issue and see what plans and contingencies they are working on to fix this. Not holding our breaths