Supply Chains

13
Aug

Source: EJF

Ghana has stepped up its efforts to crack down on ‘saiko’ – an illegal practice driving the collapse of Ghana’s inshore fishery, whereby industrial trawlers sell fish to local canoes at sea. Last week, the country’s Fisheries Enforcement Unit intercepted an alleged saiko canoe loaded with tonnes of frozen fish. Suitably deterrent sanctions must follow, say the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) and local NGO Hen Mpoano, and they must be imposed not only on the saiko canoe owner, but also the operators and owners of the industrial trawl vessel that caught the fish.

Continue reading Ghana steps up the fight against illegal fishing practices

25
May

Source & Author: EJF/Oceana*

Many fish products sold on the EU market originate from fish caught under poor conditions, from a sustainability, hygiene, safety or labour perspective. Some products can be traced directly to fishing activities that are damaging to the environment or do not respect international social and labour rights; rules that are mandatory for the EU fishing industry. This is problematic on many levels: it creates unfair competition for EU operators; it opens the EU market to supply chains with unsustainable environmental or poor labour practices; and it is runs contrary to the EU’s commitment to improve international fisheries governance and to pursue a responsible trade policy as an instrument for the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. But things can be changed: on 30 May 2018, the European Parliament will vote on a motion for a resolution initiated by the Member of European Parliament (MEP) Linnéa Engström, concerning the implementation of control measures for establishing the conformity of fisheries products with access criteria to the EU market. Continue reading European Parliament to vote on Resolution calling for an improved control regime of fisheries products and level playing field in EU seafood trade

6
Nov

Author: Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF)

Experts in EU and WTO law have concluded that introducing compulsory identifying numbers for non-EU fishing vessels exporting seafood to the EU is compatible with World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. In light of this, environmental organisations are calling for the European Commission to reconsider their approach. Continue reading Expert opinion backs NGO’s solution for tackling IUU fishing