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Commission ready to investigate European illegal fishing off Somalia - EUobserver

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission has said it is ready to investigate and take action against any European boats or European-owned fishing companies that fly flags of convenience that engage in illegal fishing off the coast of Somalia.

This month, Abdirahman Ibbi, the deputy prime minister and minister of fisheries and marine resources in the new Somali national unity government, said that an estimated 220 foreign-owned vessels were still engaged in unlicensed and illegal fishing in Somali waters, most of them of European origin.

Commissioner Borg is ready to investigate allegations of European illegal fishing in Somali waters if presented with evidence

The European commissioner for fisheries, Joe Borg, on Wednesday (22 April) told reporters that he had no information regarding Mr Ibbi's allegation.

"I am certainly prepared to look into it if we are provided with specific details on this," he said during a press conference presenting a paper reviewing the state of the European Common Fisheries Policy. "But the information I have is that it is nowhere near close to those figures that have been mentioned."

by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 02:13:50 PM EST
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hahahahahaha. How beautifully corrupt.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 05:00:56 PM EST
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While they are at it, perhaps they could investigate the provenance of those barrels of radio-active waste alleged to have been dumped in those same waters.  Surely the EU has the means to retrieve a representative sample of those barrels.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 10:34:00 PM EST
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he could also regulate fishing of the EU fleet in the international waters of West Africa...
by Nomad on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 03:28:42 AM EST
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