T&T facing possible sanctions from European Commission over fishing issue

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 20:00

The European Union has issued a warning to Trinidad & Tobago of possible sanctions, with a yellow card for being uncooperative in the fight against illegal fishing.

It was announced via a statement issued by the European Commission in Brussels today.

Kiribati and Sierra Leone have also been yellow-carded.

The statement says that "Trinidad and Tobago also has a large fleet operating internationally where authorities do not control or inspect foreign vessels, nor cooperate with relevant flag States."

It adds; "The poor traceability system also causes the risk of laundering of fisheries products."

The statement goes on to say that "the Commission is proposing a tailor-made action plan that will help put in place robust fisheries management control systems for these countries."

It says that if identified issues are not resolved within six months, the EU can consider taking further steps, including trade sanctions on fisheries imports.