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#420306 - 10/29/11 02:13 PM Belize Shrimp In Danger Of Being Blacklisted by EU
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Belize's aquaculture industry is in peril, because in three weeks' time - the European Union may choose to identify Belize as what they call a non-co-operating third country" and refuse to accept fish and shrimp imports from Belize.

That's because the Europeans say Belize's offshore industry is not properly overseen by the Fisheries Department. And when we say offshore, we don't mean like in the blue, we're referring to IMMARBE - which is the ships' register and the IBC register. The Europeans argue that the beneficial ownership of many of the 120 Belize-Registered vessels on the high seas fishing fleet is obscured in the register of International Business Companies - commonly known as IBC's.

Now, both IMMARBE and the IBC registry are privately owned and operated by large, monied interests and for the Fisheries Department to have any kind of oversight is a joke to anyone who knows the in's and out's of how such things work. But it's not a joke to the Europeans and unless Belize's government comes up with an answer soon - principally Belize's aquaculture shrimp industry could face international trade sanctions.

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#423122 - 11/24/11 02:08 PM Re: Belize Shrimp In Danger Of Being Blacklisted by EU [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

GOB Says Immarbe May Have To Adjust For EU

The Prime Minister held his quarterly press conference three weeks ago - but since then a number of issues have cropped up.

Not least among them is the grave peril into which Belize's aquaculture interests have been placed with the threatened blacklisting by the European Union.

The European Union says it will identify Belize as what they call a non-co-operating third country" and refuse to accept fish and shrimp imports from Belize.

That's because the Europeans say Belize's offshore industry is not properly overseen by the Fisheries Department. And when we say offshore, we're referring to IMMARBE - which is the ships' register and the IBC register.

Today the PM says they may have to party ways with IMMARBE or a compromise may be in the offing:

Prime Minister Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize
"I will say that we are prepared, and have been prepared for a while, to give up that ship's registry, if it were to come to that, in order to ensure the continued ability to export our aqua-culture products to Europe. Of course, there is the question of the commercial agreement that was signed by the last Government, and renewed at infinitum. So, we have to look at all our options before we can talk about the possibility about withdrawal from that commercial contract. Hopefully it won't come to that; it is my sense that the IMMARBE people are prepared to cooperate to de-list the vessels that are in fact operating in the zone that is under the jurisdiction of the EU."

Jules Vasquez
"Who are the corporate interests behind the IMMARBE?"

Prime Minister Dean Barrow
"I am not sure of the entirety of interests. There is a Panamanian outfit, but I suspect that you would want to know whether the Ashcroft Alliance is involved. And the answer, as far as I know, is yes."

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#423141 - 11/24/11 03:08 PM Re: Belize Shrimp In Danger Of Being Blacklisted by EU [Re: Marty]
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Its always been assume IMMARBE is owned by ashcroft
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