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The EU – Africa Partnership in the Fight Against IUU Fishing

The EU – Africa Partnership in the Fight Against IUU Fishing RECENT DEVELOPMENTS ­ ACTUALITIÉS THE EU ­ AFRICA PARTNERSHIP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST IUU FISHING I. INTRODUCTION The EU­Africa Partnership aims to reinforce links between the two continents and bridge the development gap through cooperation. The EU­Africa Summits reflect this multidimensional interaction including inter alia the issues of maritime security and fisheries.1 Besides, fisheries and aquaculture have been identified by the EU as a potential priority for future regional multi-annual programming for the period 2014­20. Given the above, this article seeks to identify Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) activities as a regional and international problem that calls for coordinated action. It then turns to the European framework on IUU that would serve as the base for a strong EU­Africa partnership. To this end, this article argues that interregional cooperation is the key for sustainable exploitation, management and conservation of marine resources and environment. II. IUU FISHING; IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM Unscrupulous fishing poses various threats on local, regional and international levels. First of all, fishing piracy results in fish stocks' depleting. Although there is no precise figure on the growth of IUU fishing, estimations vary from 11 to 26 million tonnes annually.2 Consequently, overfishing activities, without respect PhD Panteion http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png African Journal of International and Comparative Law Edinburgh University Press

The EU – Africa Partnership in the Fight Against IUU Fishing

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2016
Subject
Recent Developments – Actualitiés; African Studies
ISSN
0954-8890
eISSN
1755-1609
DOI
10.3366/ajicl.2016.0145
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Abstract

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS ­ ACTUALITIÉS THE EU ­ AFRICA PARTNERSHIP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST IUU FISHING I. INTRODUCTION The EU­Africa Partnership aims to reinforce links between the two continents and bridge the development gap through cooperation. The EU­Africa Summits reflect this multidimensional interaction including inter alia the issues of maritime security and fisheries.1 Besides, fisheries and aquaculture have been identified by the EU as a potential priority for future regional multi-annual programming for the period 2014­20. Given the above, this article seeks to identify Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) activities as a regional and international problem that calls for coordinated action. It then turns to the European framework on IUU that would serve as the base for a strong EU­Africa partnership. To this end, this article argues that interregional cooperation is the key for sustainable exploitation, management and conservation of marine resources and environment. II. IUU FISHING; IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM Unscrupulous fishing poses various threats on local, regional and international levels. First of all, fishing piracy results in fish stocks' depleting. Although there is no precise figure on the growth of IUU fishing, estimations vary from 11 to 26 million tonnes annually.2 Consequently, overfishing activities, without respect PhD Panteion

Journal

African Journal of International and Comparative LawEdinburgh University Press

Published: Feb 1, 2016

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