The Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic has confirmed the validity of the Basic Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. The agreement promotes technical cooperation, regulates migration, trade and investment. The agreement also seeks to reduce illegal fishing.
The agreement was signed in Nassau, Bahamas on 24 July 2014. The approval of the agreement was issued in ruling 295-14.
The Constitutional Court ruled that non-regulated illegal fishing consists of illicit activities that include the capture of protected species, use of illegal fishing equipment and not observing capture quotas.
The court ruled that illegal fishing is an economic and environmental problem that affects sustainability of fishing and food safety and distorts markets.