About: illegal fishing

Circular economy 13-10-2017

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

EU opts for public awareness campaign on the impacts of plastics on the environment saying a tax would not be sustainable, reports EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian.

Global Europe 16-03-2017

Closing the net: The EU must step up enforcement of seafood import controls

The EU has some of the world’s toughest legislation aimed at barring imports of illegally-caught fish. But inadequate enforcement and an outdated import document scheme risk undermining its impact, writes Victoria Mundy.

Trade & Society 06-10-2016

Malmström backs EU whistleblower over Thai labour rights

EU Trade Commission Cecilie Malmström on Thursday (6 October) strongly backed the British labour rights activist who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand, for which he received a three-year suspended jail sentence.

Global Europe 20-09-2016

EU activist gets 3-year Thai jail sentence for exposing labour abuses

A British lawyer who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand’s fruit factories has been handed a three-year suspended jail sentence.

Global Europe 23-06-2016

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to meet Thailand junta leader

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in neighbouring Thailand on Thursday (23 June) where she will meet military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, as well as hear from the hundreds of thousands of Myanmar migrants in Thailand.

Global Europe 07-06-2016

EU warns Thailand over illegal fishing

The EU warned Thailand on Tuesday (7 June) to take "swift and determined" action against illegal fishing, or risk a European ban on its fish exports.

Global Europe 20-05-2016

EU to Thailand : ‘Free and fair elections’ or face consequences

Senior MEPs have warned the military junta ruling Thailand that the country must return to “free and fair elections” or risk the future of all EU-Thailand relations.

Global Europe 22-04-2016

EU extends ‘yellow card’ on Thai fishing exports

The EU has extended its ‘yellow card’ warning to Thailand over persistent abuses in its fishing industry.

Trade & Society 16-03-2016

Thailand’s economy: Free trade, fishing and fruit industries in the spotlight

As the Royal Thai Army plotted its coup against the democratically-elected government in May 2014, Thailand was the second largest economy in ASEAN, and stood on the brink of signing a landmark Free Trade Agreement with the EU.

Agrifood 04-03-2016

Spanish fishermen go on pilgrimage to protest law change

Thousands of people braved the Spanish rain to protest in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela over the regional government's alleged betrayal of its all-important fishing industry.

Development Policy 25-02-2016

Slavery and trafficking continue in Thai fishing industry, claim activists

Slavery, trafficking, murder and corruption at all levels of government still pervade Thailand’s billion-dollar fishing industry, activists claim, despite recent arrests linked to human rights abuses and the threat of an EU-wide boycott.

Global Europe 12-02-2016

German MEP: EU should not deal with Thai military junta

The threat of a ban on fish imports hangs over Thailand if it does not do more to combat human trafficking, slave labour and illegal fishing. Europe must use its lucrative markets as leverage, urged Barbara Lochbihler in an interview with EURACTIV Germany. 

Global Europe 11-02-2016

Thailand claims junta better placed to tackle fish sector abuses

Thai authorities have registered more than 70,000 previously undocumented foreign workers in its fishing industry, navy officials said Thursday (11 February), part of a bid by the junta to stave off a potentially ruinous EU ban on its seafood exports.

Global Europe 01-02-2016

Thailand says 100 held in trafficking blitz on seafood industry ahead of EU ban decision

Thai police said Monday over 100 people have been arrested in a crackdown on human trafficking since the European Union threatened to boycott the country's multi-billion dollar fishing industry over the issue.

Global Europe 20-01-2016

Combating IUU and illegal labour practices in Thai fishing

Last year ended with renewed interest in Thailand’s seafood industry, following AP’s sensational report into illegal labour practices in shrimp processing facilities in Thailand.

Global Europe 19-01-2016

EU team visits Thailand to assess fishing industry cleanup

A European Union delegation that is visiting Thailand to weigh its progress in battling illegal and unregulated fishing will not make a decision this week on whether to ban Thai seafood products, the government in Bangkok said on Tuesday (19 January). 

Global Europe 13-01-2016

Thai junta promises illegal fishing crackdown ahead of EU ban decision

The military junta in Thailand has gone on a last-ditch offensive to clean up its fishing industry ahead of a vital EU decision on whether to ban its exports over abuses of its fishing stocks and fleets.

Global Europe 15-12-2015

Shrimp sold by global supermarkets is peeled by slave labourers in Thailand

Every morning at 2 AM, they heard a kick on the door and a threat: get up or get beaten. For the next 16 hours, No 31 and his wife stood in the factory with their aching hands in ice water.

Global Europe 24-11-2015

Nestlé admits to forced labour in its seafood supply chain in Thailand

Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestlé’s supply chains.

Global Europe 28-10-2015

TV chef and Greenpeace in Thailand tuna protest

Greenpeace and British TV presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have launched a protest targeting Britain’s largest tuna importer John West and its parent company Thai Union Frozen Products over the firm’s alleged backtracking on promises to source its fish more sustainably.

Development Policy 27-10-2015

Brok: ‘Thailand will take red card warning seriously’

The threat of a red card from the European Commission still hangs over Thailand's fishing industry. Elmar Brok believes the pressure will be successful. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 21-10-2015

EU paid 600% too much for foreign fish, auditors find

The EU paid up to six times too much for fish under its flagship ‘fishing partnership agreements’, a new report by the Court of Auditors found Tuesday (20 October).

Agrifood 01-10-2015

Commission pressures Thailand over illegal fishing

The European Commission issued yellow cards to Comoros and Taiwan on Thursday (1 October) , as they risk being identified as uncooperative in the fight against illegal fishing.

Global Europe 18-09-2015

Commission unwilling to let illegal Thai fishing off the hook

The European Commission has officially warned Bangkok about dragging its feet in combatting illegal fishing, and the horrifying work conditions in the fisheries sector. Now an EU import ban on Thai fish products looms on the horizon. EURACTIV Germany reports.