The United States Denounces Illegal Fishing in Panama
The United States is working on a legislation, which if it is ratified, could be used to impound Panamanian imports, among others.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Panama is among those accused, including 5 other countries, of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing by the Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.
The European Union has announced a six-month deadline for countries accused of being remiss in their actions against illegal fishing, in order for them not to be included in the "black list".
Concerned about a possible penalty for non-compliance in the prevention of illegal fishing, the fishing industry is calling for urgent remedial actions by the authorities.
On December 2nd business experts and industry representatives will meet to discuss issues such as illegal fishing and the national fisheries inspection plan.
Panama is to implement an inspection system known as "pele fish" in order to avoid EU sanctions to countries who fail to take actions against illegal fishing.
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