This week in Brussels it has met the board of Oceana and the activities that have developed in the city, have devoted special attention to poaching, one of the most serious problems is suffering from the fisheries sector. Experts and marine biologists have discussed this morning on the practice that lies at the international level, and as confirmed by Oceana, need for urgent action from all fronts.
This event, dedicated to analyze the current situation and the damage caused by poaching, have addressed the consequences of this violation in terms of legislative, scientific and conservationist. Andrew Sharpless, Oceana International President drew attention to the illegality of this practice, reminding the audience that: It is important to distinguish three elements that define illegal, known by its initials in Spanish as IUU (illegal, unreported and unreported). All three components affect the conservation of fisheries and marine environmental protection.
Meanwhile, Daniel Pauly, Professor and Director of the Center for Fisheries Research, University of British Columbia (Canada) and member of the Board Directors of Oceana, has made an assessment of how it affects fish stocks and illegal fishing has stated that if there is no control on fishing and consequently on marine resources, conservation of them becomes a very complicated.
Xavier Pastor, Director of Oceana Europe has raised it is necessary first to recognize that there is illegal and it is necessary to pursue: There must be a determination to end illegal fishing for us results. Thanks to scientific advice that tells us the status of fishery resources, is aware of the forms of fishing are practiced to achieve them. Avoid
pirate fishing is difficult in that the traffickers used boats change of name and flag of convenience to employ a crew hired by misleading use of limited port control and they support companies own fantasies. Dozens of pirate vessels have been detected by the French naval authorities, Australian, Norwegian, British and South African when they were fishing in prohibited areas, but the lack of an international network of monitoring, control and supervision make defendants finally released for lack of evidence, said Xavier Pastor.
Until the system BDC (flags of convenience) is effectively eliminated, it is urgent that States make all possible means to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, as stated in the report entitled Oceana Stop illegal fishing: enforcing international fisheries agreements.
The international organization appealed to the European authorities to pursue illegal on all fronts.
Among the topics to be discussed this morning, has highlighted the case of the Spanish owner Antonio Vidal, recently surrendered to U.S. authorities accused, among other charges of alleged crimes import illegal fishing. This is simply an example of how fisheries are managed. We can not allow owners who fish illegally, also are receiving grants and go unpunished in terms of legal and social.