Fisheries Agency confident of regaining EU approval

The Fisheries Agency is confident that it will be removed from the European Union's warning list after making improvements since last year. That was the word from the agency's deputy director-general, Huang Hung-yen, on Thursday.

In September 2015, the European Commission gave Taiwan an official warning, or yellow card, for failing to take action against illegal fishing. Several Taiwanese fishing boats had been found to be involved in illegal transshipment and fish laundering. Failing to rectify the issue could affect Taiwan's seafood exports to the EU.

Since then, the Act for Distant Water Fisheries has been passed together with amendments to two major fisheries laws. The fisheries agency has also been enforcing stricter standards on working conditions in the industry. Measures include closed-circuit TV systems that monitor fishing boats at all times.

Huang said talks were held with the European Commission earlier in April. Huang said the Commission was satisfied with Taiwan's changes but they still needed further observation on their execution. Huang said the agency is confident that the European Commission will remove its warning when they come to Taiwan in October.

Source: Radio Taiwan International