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Fisheries, Commission lifts “yellow card” from Thailand

Brussels - The European Commission has delisted Thailand from the group of “warned countries” as recognition of its progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

Brussels - The European Commission has delisted Thailand from the group of “warned countries” as recognition of its progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The “yellow card” was in place since April 2015, as a warning from the EU that the country was not doing enough to tackle the phenomenon.

Since then, reminds the Commission in a press release, the EU and Thailand have engaged in a constructive process of cooperation and dialogue. This has resulted in a major upgrade of the Thai fisheries governance in accordance with the international commitments of the country.

Thailand has amended its fisheries legal framework in line with international law of the sea instruments. It has reinforced compliance with its obligations as a flag, port, coastal and market State, included clear definitions in its legislation and set up a deterrent regime of sanctions. Moreover, it has reinforced the mechanisms of control of the national fishing fleet and enhanced its monitoring, control and surveillance systems. This includes remote monitoring of fishing activities and a robust scheme of inspections at port.

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