On 5 January, EurActiv reported that the European Commission said in a statement it had identified Cameroon as a “non-cooperating country” earning the “red card” designation, and would ask EU Member States to add the country to a blacklist.  It is said that Cameroon continues to register fishing vessels operating outside its waters without sufficiently monitoring their activities — including one vessel involved in illegal fishing.  The “red card” could prevent Cameroon being able to export its fishery products to the EU – although no such exports happen because Cameroon’s products do not meet EU sanitary standards.  However, the designation could also ban EU companies from buying Cameroon-flagged fishing vessels or carrying out joint fishing operations with such vessels, or reflagging such vessels.  The Commission has issued illegal fishing “red cards” to 6 other countries since 2013: Belize, Cambodia, Comoros, Guinea, Sri Lanka, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – and, of those, Belize, Guinea and Sri Lanka have made changes to get off the blacklist.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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