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India, EU discusses ways to boost fisheries trade

India and the European Union discussed various bilateral issues on fisheries and aquaculture in New Delhi recently and agreed to expand the discussion on various issues including Fisheries Subsidies issues in WTO and Ocean and Fisheries Dialogue.

“Both sides agreed to engage bilaterally on important matters such as Port State Measure Agreement, Fisheries Subsidies issues in WTO, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), ‘Ocean and Fisheries Dialogue’, IUU fishing and market access related issues within the framework of a Joint Working Group proposed to be constituted on Fisheries,” said an official press release.

Indian side drew the attention of the European Union on the matters relating to reducing sampling frequency for inspection of Indian farmed shrimps at border inspection post of EU from the current level of 50% to the previous level of 10%, re-listing of de-listed fishery establishments, and granting permission to the newly listed fishery establishments for export of aquaculture shrimps from India to EU.

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The EU delegation was led by Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Ocean & Fisheries which met Parshottam Rupala, Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying.

EU side was also requested to join any pillar of Indo – the Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) as a follow-up to the invitation made to the EU and its Member States during the India-EU Leaders’ Summit in May 2021.

The other key participants included L. Murugan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying and Information and Broadcasting, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Secretary, and other senior officers of the Department of Fisheries.

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