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The EU Commission has lifted a ‘red card’ imposed on fisheries products from the Republic of Guinea after the country ramped up efforts to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The EU red-carded Guinea in October 2013 after ruling it was not doing enough to tackle IUU, but said the country had now “successfully addressed” the shortcomings identified in its fisheries governance.

In particular, Guinea had revised its legal framework to combat IUU fishing, strengthened its sanctioning system, improved monitoring and control of its fleet and waters, and was now complying with international law, the Commission said.

Guinea has also ratified the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Port State Measures Agreement, which should help prevent illegal fish from being landed in its ports, it added.

“This is an important decision for the Commission and for the Republic of Guinea, and good news for sustainable fisheries around the globe,” said European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella.

“After a long dialogue process, Guinea has shown real commitment to fighting illegal fishing. We encourage them to join us in our ongoing work to promote improved ocean governance, including legal and sustainable fisheries worldwide.”