EU External Fisheries: How To Make them Transparent, Accountable And Sustainable

On 10 December 2015, the European Commission published a revised regulation of the sustainable management of external fishing fleets that will govern both the authorisations provided to the European Union’s large fishing fleet operating outside EU waters, and the authorisations of non-EU countries’ vessels such as Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands to fish in EU waters.
The coalition of organisations working to tackle IUU fishing considers that the reform of the Fishing Authorisation Regulation (or FAR) must ensure that the activities of the EU fleet and nationals operating outside EU waters are transparent, accountable and sustainable.

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Ensuring better control of the EU’s external fishing fleet

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana, The Pew Charitable Trusts and WWF are working together to secure the harmonised and effective implementation of the EU Regulation
to end illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. A robust new external fishing fleet regulation is a crucial part of the fight against IUU fishing. It offers a critical opportunity to ensure that the activities of the EU’s external fishing fleet are in line with the CFP and the EU’s global policies to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing.