EU ban on Sri Lankan fish exports lifted : Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

EU ban on Sri Lankan fish exports lifted : Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

EU ban on Sri Lankan fish exports lifted : Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

Written by Staff Writer

21 Apr, 2016 | 4:16 pm

The European Commission has announced that the ban imposed on Sri Lankan fish exports has been lifted.

This was confirmed by Minister of fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera during a media briefing held in Tissamaharama today (April 21st).

Issuing a media release the European Commission announced that the red card and  associated trade measures placed on Sri Lanka were lifted as the country was able to significantly improve its national fisheries governance.

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “Sri Lanka has now a robust legal and policy framework to fight illegal fishing activities. As the fight against IUU fishing is part of the EU’s commitment towards sustainability and good ocean governance, each third country that comes on board is an asset.”

According to the European Commission Sri Lanka reformed its fisheries governance system after a lengthy dialogue process.

Sri Lanka was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and was listed by the Council in February 2015, the restrictions placed on Sri Lanka were lifted as the country was able to amend its legal framework , strengthen sanctions and improve its fleet control.

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