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Fisheries Bill

Le gouvernement a donné son feu vert pour mettre au Parlement le 17 octobre 2023 en première lecture son projet de loi concernant le secteur de la Pêche.

Cabinet has agreed to the introduction of the Fisheries Bill into the National Assembly. The main object of the Bill is to repeal the Fisheries and Marine Resources Act and replace it by a more appropriate legislative framework following the recommendations made by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission and taking into consideration the rapid growth of the fisheries sector worldwide. The Bill, inter alia:
(a) takes on board the regional and international obligations as Flag State, Coastal State and Port State and makes provisions:
(i) for the management, protection and conservation of marine resources, biodiversity and marine ecosystems;
(ii) to enable the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture; and
(iii) to ensure the effective control and enforcement of fishing or fishing related activities and to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing or fishing related activities;
(b) takes on board international instruments which have been developed concerning the management of world fishery resources, including resolutions of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission which establishes a series of legally binding measures covering a wide range of issues;
(c) makes new provisions for the removal of wrecks, management of abandoned fishing vessels, deregistration of fishing vessels, management of genetic resources, marking of fishing vessels and issue of stop order for illegal structures, amongst others;
(d) makes new provisions for monitoring, control, surveillance and enforcement and also provides for a Fisheries Monitoring Centre which will be responsible for the monitoring of the vessel monitoring system, the electronic reporting system and the automatic identification system; and
(e) provides for tougher penalties to deter illegal activities, while fixed penalties are being introduced with regard to less serious offences.
In addition, the Bill caters for the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry on Drug Trafficking Report 2018, where it would be mandatory to notify relevant authorities when going on fishing expeditions.
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