The EU currently has nine Outermost Regions (ORs), which are an integral part of its territory: the Canary Islands (Spain), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Ma rtinique, Saint Martin, Réunion and Mayotte (France). While t he rights and obligations of the EU Treati es apply fully to these regions, Article 349 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) recognises that the y have particular features which constrain their development, and allows the adoption of specific measures adapted to the situation of the ORs. Under the current common fisheries policy (CFP) , OR fishing fleets are subject to the same management measures as all EU fleets . A s the CFP sets maximum limits of total tonnage and engine power, the capacity of the OR fleets cannot increase (though Mayotte, which became an OR more recently, benefits from a derogation) OR fleets ' capacity limits are set for each fleet segment of each OR.
Delegates from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have decried what they called political interference in the management of water resources. During the recent Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) conference in Kampala, which was funded by the European Union [EU] and SmartFish Programme, the delegates said such interferences have increased cases of illegal activities on the lake that is shared by the three East African countries. "Our lake is not in good shape, yet there has been constant intervention. The problem has been made worse by political interference; we need to build resilience that resists this interference in order to have a sustainable Lake Victoria," Susan Amendi, a delegate from Kenya, said.
Maritime security challenges have received increasing attention in Europe in recent years. In 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted the first EU Maritime Security Strategy which includes a comprehensive definition of maritime security from a European standpoint. The EU understands it “as a state of affairs of the global maritime domain, in which international law and national law are enforced, freedom of navigation is guaranteed and citizens, infrastructure, transport, the environment and marine resources are protected.” In short, maritime security comprises much more than the traditional questions related to seapower and naval strategies.
Professor Alastair Sutton, a former European adviser to the Crown Dependencies, recently warned the House of Lords of a EU “blacklisting” of the Crown Dependencies’ financial sectors as part of a drive to deal with tax havens.He told the committee the EU was undertaking a “so-called blacklisting process where serious damage to the economies of Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man… could be done if the EU blacklist these territories despite the fact that they have ticked all the boxes internationally in the OECD for compliance with tax, anti-money laundering legislation and financial regulation”.
Experts have highlighted the importance “coherent global actions” to ensure the sustainability of the world’s fish stocks – a valuable export commodity for more than 60 ACP countries. Fisheries is particularly significant to the ACP’s 37 member states that are classified as Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as well as coastal economies.
A European Union-funded project to build a fish market and gear store on La Digue, the third-most populated island of Seychelles, has begun. The project costs $201,000 (2.7 million Seychelles rupees) and will benefit over 60 fishermen on the island.
Five tilapia farmers and 18 aquaculture hatchery and farm development staff from Fiji's Ministry of Fisheries, completed a four-day training on brood stock management at the Naduruloulou Freshwater Research Station and Pacific Community's (SPC) campus in Nabua. The training, provided by the European Union-funded Increasing Agricultural Commodity Trade (IACT) project, was facilitated by brood stock expert and Director of Aquaculture Development at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Dr Ram Bhujel, and SPC Aquaculture officers Dr Tim Pickering and Avinash Singh.
The Solomon Islands fishing industry received good news this week as the European Commission (EC) lifted its cautionary “yellow card” designation. That designation was set in December, 2014 when the EC determined that Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and other government entities were not doing enough to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in waters of the Solomon Islands. Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association’s executive officer Johan Maefiti applauded the announcement. “This is excellent news for the fishing industry, for fishermen and for companies like Soltuna, which processes tuna here in the Solomon Islands for international markets.
South African fishing company Sea Harvest will raise as much as 1.3 billion rand ($100 million) in a stock market flotation that values the company at 3.4 billion rand, it said on Monday. The Sea Harvest Group, whose main business is fishing hake and prawns and processing the catch into frozen and chilled seafood, will sell about 92 million shares, or a 38.7 percent stake, at between 12 rand and 14.50 rand each. The company will set the final initial public offering price on March 20 and is due to make its debut on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on March 23. The company, which has a 36.7 percent share of South Africa's frozen seafood market, packages for retail and foodservice customers in Spain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Portugal, France and the Netherlands.
The European Commission has lifted on Wednesday 22 February the 'yellow cards' for Curaçao and Solomon Islands, recognising the significant progress both countries have made in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Speaking on the margins of the Economist's World Ocean Summit in Bali, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “This is a good day for Curaçao and Solomon Islands, and good news for sustainable fisheries around the globe. Countries worldwide have a shared duty to fight illegal fishing, protect law-abiding fishermen, and keep our oceans healthy. I encourage others to join the European Union in this fight and contribute to better ocean governance."