By: Yeh Su-ping, Joseph Yeh, Ko Lin and Christie Chen
Taipei, June 27 (CNA) The European Union removed Taiwan from its illegal fishery watch list Thursday,an acknowledgment of the progress made by the country and its improved administrative systems to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).
The EU decided to lift the yellow card to recognize Taiwan's reforms put in place over the past three and a half years to tackle IUU fishing, the European Commission said in a statement issued Thursday.
"I welcome the considerable efforts undertaken by Taiwan to reform its fisheries legal framework, implement new control tools and improve the traceability of marine fisheries products," said Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
"The EU's dialogue with Taiwan has shown again that international cooperation is a key driver towards healthier ocean management," Vella said. [FULL STORY]