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Commission`s Opinion – EU acquis Chapter 13

Early stage of preparation (1)

Ukraine is at an early stage of preparation in the area of fisheries.Ukraine’s finalised state strategy for the fisheries and aquaculture development until 2030 should be adopted. The country should establish and manage a fleet register and a data collection framework. Ukraine must ensure the balance between the fishing capacity and the fishing opportunities available. Administrative structures have to be improved, including to establish a managing authority to manage among others a fisheries structural fund and steer its implementation. Institutional capacities need strengthening formanagement and control of fishing activities in line with the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and to fight IUU fishing. Measures for a safe introduction of alien and locally absent species in aquaculture remain to be developed. Overall, Ukraine’s fisheries control rules require substantive stregthening.