Illegal Fishing: Sanction for Panama

Since the country has not made enough efforts to eradicate illegal fishing, the European Union sanctioned it with a yellow card, a warning that precedes the red card, which if applied would prohibit the entry of Panamanian fishery products into Europe.

Monday, December 16, 2019

After the corresponding audits were carried out, the sanction to Panama dated December 16, 2019 was issued by the Directorate General of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Union (DG Mare).

The sanction was seen coming, since on December 11 DG Mare reported that the European Commission had notified the Republic of Panama about the risk of being identified as a country that does not cooperate in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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Flor Torrijos, general administrator of the Panama Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP), told that "... in the last five months Panama has made adjustments, so they will request a new audit from DG Mare before the end of the first half of 2020. Panama has a firm commitment to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing."

Arnulfo Franco, executive director of the International Fisheries Foundation (Fipesca), explained that "... By failing to comply with the parameters of the European Union are at risk exports of shellfish to this destination."

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Fisheries Sector Forum in Costa Rica

November 2014

On December 2nd business experts and industry representatives will meet to discuss issues such as illegal fishing and the national fisheries inspection plan.

From a statement issued by the MarViva Foundation:

Costa Rica will be receiving a visit from the international expert on illegal fishing and fishery enforcement, Alejandro Covarrubias, who will provide advice to prepare the National Fish Inspection Plan, promote actions and mechanisms to combat illegal fishing and strengthen capacities to implement the Agreement on Measures of the Port State Rector in the country.

Inspection System For Preventing Illegal Fishing

February 2013

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.

Authorities expect the European Union to lift the restriction which it has placed on the Panamanian fleet for not having proper supervision, by means of the implementation of the inspection system known as "pele fish" in landing ports for seafood.

Blacklist of Countries for Illegal Fishing

November 2012

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".

Panama is one of the countries likely to be affected by the European Union crackdown, which could jeopardize exports of seafood to the region, the volume of which is around $40 million worth.

Risk to the Panamanian Fishing Industry

June 2011

There is little chance that Panama will be exempted from the European Union’s review of effective enforcement measures against illegal fishing.

Last year, in 2010 the European Commission established an embargo on Panamanian seafood exports, citing the lack of rules to prevent illegal fishing. Following the country's commitment to adopt control measures, the measure was lifted two months later.

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