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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

European Union ministers on Wednesday vowed to overhaul their 840 million euro-a-year fishing subsidies policy by next year to avoid overfishing and make the industry more sustainable.In British waters alone, scientists estimate fish stocks have declined by 94% in the past 118 years and commercial fishing has profoundly changed seabed ecosystems, leading to a collapse in numbers of many species.

Thursday, 06 May 2010
In 2006, the governments of Australia, Chile and New Zealand took the initiative to launch the process of International Consultations on the establishment of South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO). The purpose of the Consultations was to cooperate in addressing the gap in the international conservation and management of nonhighly migratory fisheries and protection of biodiversity in the marine environment in high seas areas of the South Pacific Ocean, consistent with international law and best practice.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Concerns about foreign fish being sold in Europe and what to do about the future of Europe's fisheries industry were aired in a hearing held by the Fisheries Committee on 8 April. Over fishing, plunging stocks and falling prices have created a perfect storm battering the fisheries industry. Many of their representatives were in Brussels to set out their stall to MEPs.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Representatives of the government of Mauritania and the European Union (EU) have started to review the application of the fisheries agreement between the two parties, which came into force two years ago. For his part, Hans-Georg Gerstenlauer, head of the EU delegation in Nouakchott, reiterated that the process of democratic transition in Mauritania and its return to constitutional order in January had enabled the Council of Europe to give a green light to the return to full cooperation between the EU and Mauritania.
How can we curb overexploitation of fish stocks and give commercial fish farming a boost? Some experts say transgenic fish, whose genetic material has been altered to boost growth rates, for instance, is just the ticket. But Swedish researchers have sounded a warning bell: the escape of transgenic fish into the natural environment could trigger many problems and affect the well-being of people.
Thursday, 08 April 2010
EU subsidies to fishermen were supposed to help tackle overcapacity in the sector. But one third of the money nevertheless contributed to increasing the pressure on EU stocks that are already declining, according to the Pew Environment Group, an NGO.
Tuesday, 06 April 2010

PNG can now export to EU markets fish caught anywhere, says Pokajam. The inclusion of PNG on European Union (EU) competent authorisation list of the illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) regulation 1005/2008 is a boost to the country’s fish exports to EU markets, The National reports.

Wednesday, 31 March 2010
The NGO France Liberté, Fondation Danielle Mitterrand, denounced the EU fisheries agreement before the UN General Assembly's Human Rights Council. The European Union has signed since several years a series of unfair fishing agreements with Morocco and warnings that these agreements could be applied to waters within the Western Sahara territory were ignored.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy must support small scale fisheries. This was the clear message from ALDE MEPs during a debate in the European Parliament in Brussels today. Carl Haglund (Svenska folkpartiet, Finland ), shadow rapporteur for the report on the reform of the CFP insisted: "The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is going in the right direction.
Friday, 26 February 2010
European seas are emptying of valuable fish - more than 80% of assessed fish stocks in EU waters are overfished and 30% are outside safe biological limits. As a result, the fishing sector is suffering and fishing communities struggle to make a living. The long-term environmental consequences are yet to be determined. However all is not lost, as a recently launched reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy is up for completion by 2012. Fish stocks can be rebuilt and the fishing sector can once again thrive, at least in the medium and long term. Be warned though, this isn't the first attempt at reform. The most recent occurred in 2002.