The European Commission today published a list of selected third countries that the Commission considers as “possible of being identified as non-cooperating third countries pursuant to IUU Regulation” pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008.
The Commission Decision identifies Belize, Cambodia, Fiji, Guinea, Panama, Sri Lanka, Togo andVanuatu as such potential non-cooperating third countries.
Trygg Mat has conducted a brief analysis of the fishing vessels flagged to these countries and what companies are involved as owners or operators of them.
27% of the vessels with known owner are owned by EU based companies
24% of the vessels with foreign operators are operated by EU based companies
EU based companies are involved in one or other capacity in 66 of the vessels, including 2 vessels on RFMO IUU lists
There is involvement from a total of 50 companies from 14 different EU member States
There are more vessels controlled by EU based companies than by any other single State.
Trygg Mat Memo on EU controlled vessels on non-contracting parties vessel lists