NGOs call on EU to require electronic monitoring to stop illegal fishing

Date: June 25, 2021

Source: SeaFoodSource

A group of 52 NGOs, retailers, seafood supply chain companies, and academic groups are urging the European Union fisheries ministers to add cameras and remote electronic monitoring (REM) to fishing fleets to help prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

The group, which includes organizations like the WWF, Oceana, ClientEarth, and more, is calling on the E.U. to mandate cameras for vessels that are above 12 meters in length. Currently, the E.U. is planning mandates to add cameras, but only for certain vessels above 24 meters.

According to the group, the current mandate would mean less than 3.2 percent of the E.U. fleet would be monitored.

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