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 website published: "The U.S. embassy sent a preliminary questionnaire to dispel the doubts about illegal fishing to the Panamanian Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP), which was answered in January in a joint effort with FIPESCA (International Fishing Federation.)"

In addition, "ARAP and FIPESCA signed a working agreement to take action in the face of the questionnaire and are now awaiting an official mission from the US 'to show that we should not have been accused'."

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