Wednesday October 4th – Illegal fishing is a global problem which undermines food security, economic stability and ocean health. It is a key issue for focus at the high-level Our Ocean 2017 Conference this week in Malta.
On the eve of the meeting, the European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Mr Karmenu Vella will join the Environmental Justice Foundation, Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF at a special event to mark progress in the global efforts to eradicate illegal fishing and inspire further ambitious commitments.
The event will feature a short film produced by the four NGOs highlighting the achievements and impacts of the EU’s illegal fishing Regulation as a force for change. The NGOs are working in coalition to secure the harmonised and effective implementation of the EU Regulation to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
More about the film: The European Union’s 2010 Regulation to combat IUU fishing is seen as a world-leading piece of legislation in the global fight against illegal fishing. One of its cornerstones is the carding scheme, in which non-EU countries identified as having inadequate measures in place to prevent and deter illegal fishing are invited to enter a bilateral process on making improvements. So far, the EU has engaged with more than 50 countries under the scheme. The film highlights the experiences of a number of countries who have been through the carding process, which is enabling meaningful change for the countries involved, and driving stronger fisheries governance in general.
Watch the film here: https://vimeo.com/234313304/515e66fa89.