EC ready to crack down on illegal fishing in Somali

The European Commissioner for fisheries, Joe Borg, has said that the EC would investigate and take action against any European boats or European-owned companies flying flags of convenience if caught engaging in illegal fishing off Somali coasts.

Mr Borg’s comments were made in response to a statement by Abdirahman Ibbi, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources of the new Somali national unity government in which Mr Ibbi said that an estimated 220 foreign-owned vessels were engaged in unlicensed and illegal waters in Somali waters. Mr Ibbi said that most of the vessels were of European origin.

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