Fairer Fishing?

The Impact on Developing Countries of the European Community Regulation on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fisheries

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Fairer Fishing?

Series Title: Commonwealth Economic Paper Series
Number within series: 86
Publication date: 1 February 2009
Size: 240mm x 165mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-899-0
Pages: 154

This Economic Paper considers the likely effects on African, Caribbean and Pacific countries of the European Union’s Directive on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, planned to be implemented from 2010. It will be difficult for developing countries to meet the requirements of the directive at time when many aspects of globalisation are supportive of IUU fishing.

The authors argue that even though measures to combat IUU fishing are welcome, developing countries will require comprehensive technical and financial resources to effectively implement this directive, otherwise a disproportionate burden of global efforts to combat IUU fishing will fall on them.

ContentsExpand or collapse me
Abbreviations and acronyms  
Executive summary

Globalisation of the fisheries trade and IUU Patterns of trade
The IUU Regulation  

1. Introduction  

Part A. The Fisheries Context of the IUU Regulation  

2. The Globalisation of Fisheries
2.1 Fisheries production
2.2 International fish trade
2.3 Fisheries governance
2.4 The global problem of IUU fishing  

3. International Concerns Regarding IUU Fishing  

4. An Overview of the ACP-EC Fisheries Trade System
4.1 Preferential fisheries trade
4.2 The Generalised System of Preferences
4.3 Rules of origin  

5. Economic Trends in ACP-EC Fisheries Trade
5.1 Analysis of the EC fisheries market
5.2 Analysis of ACP fisheries exports to the EC
5.3 Trends in the market share of regions exporting fisheries products to the EC

6. ACP Trade with Other Markets
6.1 Market composition
6.2 USA 6.3 Japan  

Part B. Development Impact of the IUU Regulation  

7. EC Policy Framework for Fisheries
7.1 The Common Fisheries Policy
7.2 Community Plan of Action for the Eradication of IUU Fishing
7.3 EC strategy to combat IUU fishing  

8. The Substance of the IUU Regulation
8.1 Scope of the IUU Regulation
8.2 Key elements of the IUU Regulation

9. Implications of the IUU Regulation for ACP Fisheries Exports
9.1 Implications for DFQF market access under EPAs and IEPAs
9.2 Implications for GSP, GSP+ and EBA beneficiaries
9.3 Impact of the IUU Regulation on rules of origin  

10. GATT/WTO Compatibility Issues
10.1 Catch certification requirements
10.2 Vessel inspections and actions to be taken against IUU vessels
10.3 Actions to be taken against ‘non-cooperating’ states  

11. Issues for Policy Reflection
11.1 Policy responses to the IUU Regulation by ACP states
11.2 Availability of alternative markets for ACP fisheries exports
11.3 Policy considerations for the EC  

1. Comparison of the IUU Regulation and International Requirements
2. Table of Market Access and RFMO Membership
3. Comparison of EU SPS Regulations and the IUU Regulation
4. Country-specific Trends in ACP Fisheries Exports to the EC
5. Terms of Reference
6. Text of the IUU Regulation  

About the contributors Expand or collapse me

Martin Tsamenyi (Author)

Professor Martin Tsamenyi is Director, Centre for Maritime Policy, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Mary Ann Palma (Author)

Dr Mary Ann Palma is a Research Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security.

Ben Milligan (Author)

Ben Milligan is a research student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Kwame Mfodwo (Author)

Kwame Mfodwo teaches in the Law School of Monash University, Australia.