European Commission lifts Sri Lankan fish exports ban

European Commission lifts Sri Lankan fish exports ban

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The European Commission has announced that the ban imposed on Sri Lankan fish exports has been lifted. This was also confirmed by Minister of fisheries Mahinda Amaraweera when he was addressing a news conference held in Tissamaharama today.
The European Commission has announced that the fish ban imposed on Sri Lanka in 2015 by the European Union has been lifted and that the decision to lift the fish ban was taken today after a lengthy dialogue process.
A news release issued in the Commission’s website said Sri Lanka has now successfully reformed its fisheries governance system. The country was issued with a yellow card in 2012 and been listed by the Council in February 2015. By today it has amended its legal framework, strengthened sanctions and improved its fleet control.
It said Sri Lanka now joins the growing list of countries Ghana, Papua New Guinea, Korea, the Philippines, Fiji, Belize, Panama, Togo and Vanuatu that have reformed their systems, following a warning by the EU on illegal fishing.