The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana and WWF have launched a new online search engine with the aim of introducing greater transparency in the EU fisheries industry.
Whofishesfar.org allows users to search a database of all EU registered ships by vessel, flag state, year and type of agreement under the EU’s Fishing Authorisation Regulation (FAR).
María José Cornax, Fisheries Campaign Director of Oceana, has stressed the importance of this disclosure, stating “transparency is a key element for eradicating illegal fishing and ensuring sustainable fisheries. This is especially relevant for European vessels that have been authorised to operate in third countries and distant waters. To ensure sustainability on a global scale, EU fishing vessels should adhere to the same social and environmental standards regardless of where or how they fish.”
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