|PBSA Statement on IUUF Lifting|
PBSA STATEMENT ON IUUF LIFTING
[Released on April 23, 2015]
We welcome the European Union’s decision to lift its yellow-card warning on the Philippines.
This warning was issued in June of 2014, because the EU deemed that the Philippines had previously not done enough to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. Had the situation worsened, this would have alienated one of the biggest importers of fish for the Philippines, which would have been a blow against our fishing industry and Filipino fishermen.
This is why I tasked concerned agencies to work tirelessly to comply with the EU’s requirements. During my trip to Europe, I likewise discussed the issue with prominent EU officials to ensure that we were on the right track. I am pleased to report that, as of today, the EU has lifted its yellow-card warning against the Philippines.
Rest assured: We will continue to implement reforms to avoid a similar situation in the future, and strengthen our fishing industry even further. We are determined to do so, knowing just how many of our countrymen depend on this for their livelihood.