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The European Commission introduced a ban on imports of fisheries products from Sri Lanka, due to its failure to tackle illegal fishing by its vessels. The move comes after four years of dialogue, and Sri Lanka's failure to satisfy the Commission that it has sufficiently addressed illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Shortcomings were identified in the implementation of control measures, a lack of deterrent sanctions for the high seas fleet, and non-compliance with international and regional fisheries rules. In particular, even though 13 Sri Lankan vessels had been caught fishing in breach of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) conservation and management measures, Sri Lanka has not prohibited its vessels from fishing illegally on the high seas, nor has it adopted legislation to control high seas fishing by its vessels. The ban will come into force in January 2015 and will impact on EU imports of tuna, swordfish and other species valued at EUR74 million in 2013.
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