Panamanian president, Ricardo Martinelli, lead the delegation that travlled to Brussels. (Photo: Congreso de la República del Perú)
Panamanian Government's commitment to combat illegal fishing
Thursday, June 06, 2013, 02:50 (GMT + 9)
A Panamanian technical team travelled to Belgium to submit a document that confirms the commitment of the national government on the issue of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
The text was addressed to the head of the Directorate General for Maritime and Fisheries Affairs (DG MARE), of the European Commission (EC), Lowri Evans.
For the Panamanian Executive it is necessary to implement actions under three decrees: on sanctions, regulation of the entry of new vessels and those related to sanitary inspections.
The delegation that travelled to Europe was led by the president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli; and the Minister of Agricultural Development (MIDA), Oscar Osorio Casal.
Martinelli met with the President of the European Parliament Commission, Jose Durao Barroso, to whom he has reiterated the country's commitment regarding IUU fishing.
Barroso, meanwhile, said he thanked Panama for the cooperation on the issue, reported Día a Día.
The EC insists that "IUU fishing reduces fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition." And it considers it "an unfair disadvantage for legal fishermen, since it affects coastal communities, especially in developing countries."
A report presented in January by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) identified Panama among the 10 other countries whose fishing vessels were involved in IUU fishing in 2011 or 2012, or that had ineffective measures to prevent bycatch of protected species in 2012.
A few months earlier, in November 2012, the EC threatened to take action against eight countries and include them on a blacklist due to their lack of cooperation in the fight against IUU fishing. The warning was directed to Panama, Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Sri Lanka, Togo and Vanuatu.
The Panamanian delegation that travelled to Brussels was also made up of Raul Delgado, of the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP); Analuisa Bustamante, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Anais Vargas, of the Ministry of Health (Minsa); Giovanni Lauri, administrator of ARAP; Ricardo Quijano, of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MICI); Alicia Jiménez, of the Minsa; and Jorge Luis Cummings, of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), Crónica reported.
- NOAA identifies 10 countries that conducted IUU fishing in 2011-12
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By Analia Murias