EU threatens Thailand with seafood import ban over failure to crack down on illegal fishing

April 21, 2015 11:26 AM

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BRUSSELS – The European Union has given Thailand six months to drastically increase its crackdown on illegal and unregulated fishing or face an EU seafood import ban, but has lifted the threat of similar action from South Korea and the Philippines.

EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella said Tuesday that Thailand was given a "yellow card" to improve its fisheries practices because, despite warnings, the Thai authorities have "no controls whatsoever."

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