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European Commission issued a new yellow card to the Republic of
Panama, notifying it of the risk of being identified as a non-cooperating
country in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated
(IUU) fishing. The Republic of Panama had previously received a
yellow card in November 2012, which was then lifted in October 2014.
The Commission has identified various ongoing shortcomings, which
undermine the country's ability to comply with its duties under
international law as flag, port, coastal and market state. Panama
is encouraged to step up its actions to ensure an effective monitoring
of the activities of its fishing and fishing related vessels and
an adequate implementation of its enforcement and sanctioning system.
It should also ensure adequate implementation of the 'Port State
Measures Agreement' (1) in order to prevent fish stemming from IUU
fishing activities from reaching its market or other. Commissioner
for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius
said "Fighting illegal fishing has been a fundamental part of the
EU's action to improve ocean governance over the last ten years,
and this Commission will continue our fight against IUU fishing
with a zero-tolerance approach".
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