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Certificate to Curb Illegal Fishing in Indian Ocean

by 5m Editor
22 July 2009, at 1:00am

GENERAL - A proposed European Union (EU) guideline requiring imported seafood to be accompanied by a catch certificate from a competent authority could help curb illegal fishing on the Indian Ocean.

Exporters will be required to produce the certificate showing area where the catch shipped to the EU was made, the method of fishing, the trawler used and processing details, writes Ben Sanga, BusinessDailyAfrica.

According to the news item, the proposal comes as good news to about 20,000 Kenyan fishermen who are almost being locked out of the export trade as fish supply drops.

Athman Seif, a director of the Malindi Marine Association, says foreign fishing vessels operating illegally along the Kenyan coast are to blame for declining catches.

If the EU guideline is implemented, Kenya is likely to continue producing 200,000 metric tonnes of fish annually from its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), stretching about 200 nautical miles into the Indian Ocean.

5m Editor