20 Nov 2012

Fiji Tuna Boat Owners Association dismisses EU illegal fishing report

6:50 pm on 20 November 2012

The Fiji Tuna Boat Owners Association says a European Union report which warned the country about illegal fishing came as a shock.

The EU, the world's largest fish importer, has warned eight developing countries, including Fiji and Vanuatu, that they could face penalties unless there is increased co-operation to stop illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The Secretary of the association, Russell Dunham, says his organisation is upset by the report, and the Fiji government probably is to.

He says Fiji has a stringent fleet management regime and the report was based on false information.

"I think a lot of it stems from a report which was done in January this year from the EU where they never really came down and spoke to industry. And they've misinterpreted a lot of it and in fact in some areas it's factually incorrect."

Russell Dunham says the problems outlined by the EU will be resolved when Fiji's Offshore Fishing Decree becomes law at the end of this year.