The Fifth China-EU High Level Dialogue on Ocean Affairs was held recently via the video link.
The two sides briefed each other on the latest fisheries policies, and discussed the Work in Fishing Convention, the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing, and other global fisheries governance issues. They exchanged views on regional fisheries issues, including protected marine areas in the Antarctic Ocean proposed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources(CCAMLR); conservation and management measures on tropical tunas proposed by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; and EU accession to the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Pollock Resources in the Central Bering Sea and the North Pacific Fisheries Commission.
Thetwo sides also had consultations on WTO negotiations on fisheries subsidies, and incorporating Chinese scientists into the Scientific Subcommittee of the Fishery Committee for the Eastern Central Atlantic. Both sides agreed to further strengthen bilateral and international exchanges and cooperation in fisheries, and jointly promote sustainable fisheries globally.
China and EU have established the China-EU High Level Dialogue on Ocean Affairs and the China-EU Working Group on IUU Fishing Matters. Based on such close cooperation, the MARA, the State Oceanic Administration of China and the European Commission signed the Declaration on the Establishment of a Blue Partnership for the Oceans: towards Better Ocean Governance, Sustainable Fisheries and a Thriving Maritime Economy between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China in Beijing in 2018.