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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
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Malta reiterates commitment to sustainable fishing
Malta has reiterated its commitment to fight against the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU) activities. This was stated by the Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, George Pullicino during of a seminar which discussed the theme Preventing, Deterring and Eliminating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (IUU).
The European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Dr Joe Borg also attended and addressed the seminar.
Minister Pullicino stated that notwithstanding the fact that the measures considered in the European Commissions proposal will definitely continue to add to the financial and human resource burden of fisheries control, and also notwithstanding that these burdens are substantial for small Member States, Malta remains fully committed to fight IUU fishing.
He added that Maltas efforts in fighting IUU fishing are longstanding and it has repeatedly spoken out against IUU fishing practices in the past in international fora. One such example is Maltas ongoing reporting of driftnet fishing for swordfish in the Mediterranean.
Local fishermen can now consult the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries in its Maltese translation. This measure was adopted to make the code more accessible to the local fishermen, enabling them to acquaint themselves with responsible fishing as intended by the international community and therefore deter from actions in breach of the code and regulations in general.
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