EU wants Philippines to deal with illegal fishing
The European Commission has just announced it will place an import ban on fishes from the Philippines if the Philippine government does not put an end to illegal finishing.
The formal warning or yellow card issued by the EU will be lifted only if the Philippines complies with EU standards on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The next EU review on the state of fishing in the Philippines will happen after six months.
The EU imports 65% of its seafood. In 2013, it imported €165m worth of fish products from the Philippines, a country which is listed as the 12th biggest global fishing nation.
Aside from the Philippines, the EU also threatened to place an import ban on fish from Papua New Guinea, Cambodia and Belize. The EU has warned and lifted warnings of import ban from several fishing nations in the past, including South Korea.