16 Jan 2015

FFA encourages Solomons to comply with EU regulation

7:09 pm on 16 January 2015

The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency has reminded the Solomon Island government of their duties in regards to illegal fishing .

FFA Director General James Movick met with Prime Minister Manesseh Sogavare and told him the agency adds its voice to concerns raised over certification of illegal fishing and says any country engaged in tuna export must fully comply with European Union requirements.

The European Commission has in place a regulation designed to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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Photo: AFP

The regulation requires fisheries management authorities a 'catch certificate' for 'wild caught' seafood imported into the EU which demonstrates that all products have been obtained in compliance with established conservation and management.

Mr Movick says Solomon Islands, amongst other FFA member countries, has been issued a yellow card for non-compliance with the regulation and he has raised the issue with the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources to work together with FFA in addressing it.

Mr Movick says Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Tuvalu almost have the same problems and FFA will work together with them all for a common approach.