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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The European Commission presented its annual proposal for the amount of fish which can be caught by EU fishermen in the Atlantic and North Sea from the main commercial fish stocks for 2016. The Commission proposed to maintain or increase the fish quotas for 35 stocks, and reduce catches for 28 stocks on the basis of the scientific advice received. The proposal also includes an increase in fishing opportunities to help fishermen in the transition to the new obligation to land all catches. This is the first time the Commission proposes so-called quota "top ups" for all the fisheries under the landing obligation as of 2016.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

The EU has supported turning fish waste into value-added locally produced organic fertilizer in Fiji. Entrepreneur and Chairman of the Fiji Organic Association (FOA) Donald Pickering received technical and financial support via the EU Agricultural Commodity Trade (EUACT) programme.Mr. pickering said that the unrefined fish waste soil enhancer “can help overcome serious soil deficiency issue (…) As well as delivering the desired results, farmers find our liquid product easier to apply than traditional fertilizers."

Thursday, 05 November 2015

Four Spanish purse seiners shall be allowed to fish in the Cook Islands waters for the next four years in compliance with the Sustainable Fishing Partnership Agreement (SFPA) signed by the European Union (EU) and the Cook Islands. This gives the EU access to the world's most important tuna fishing grounds providing more than half of the global tuna catch in the western and central Pacific Ocean. In exchange to the access to catch 7,000 tonnes of tuna, the EU will pay Cook Islands a financial contribution amounting to EUR 2.8 million, of which EUR 350,000 is destined to supporting the fishing sector.

The Court of Auditors has found that the has EU paid up to six times too much for fish under its flagship ‘fishing partnership agreements’. Furthermore, the auditor’s report has also pointed to the lack of reliable data pertaining to EU programmes that aim to boost sustainable fisheries in developing country waters. The court did not mention any cases of fraud, but did note that “the real cost paid was frequently higher than the price negotiated". For example, the EU paid six times too much for tuna in its partnership with Mozambique, due to over-optimistic calculations about the likely haul.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Ministers reached a political agreement on fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea which fixed for 2016 the maximum quantities of fish which can be caught for the commercially most important stocks in the Baltic Sea. The quantities of fish from specific stocks that can be caught take into account available scientific advice and provisions introduced by the recently reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), such as the landing obligation and maximum sustainable yield (MSY). The Council was also briefed on EU-Norway annual consultations in the framework of their bilateral fisheries agreement.

Friday, 23 October 2015

In its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the European Commission confirmed its zero tolerance policy by warning the Comoros, upholds sanctions against Guinea, and has recently  lifted the ban from Ghana and Papua New Guinea. These latter countries have significantly reformed their fisheries governance system. The Commission also adopted a Communication on the key achievements of the IUU Regulation in the first five years of its enforcement. Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) is a major threat to global marine resources as overfishing destroys the livelihoods of many communities who depend on fisheries.

On 8th October, artisanal fisher folk from the Indian Ocean region officially decided to create a federation for artisanal fisheries in order to assure sustainable and responsible development in the region. Wallace Cosgrow, Minister of Fish and Agriculture from the republic of Seychelles underscored the importance of the agreement in order to create better comprehension of the sector between key regional actors. This in turn will lead to better dialogue and harness their ability to speak with one voice and defend common interests. Comoros Islands, Seychelles. Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion Island are all part of the new federation. The Headquarters is in the Reunion Island and Seychelles holds the presidency.

A decade ago, Guinea Bissau did not have any patrol ships to control its waters and carry out maritime surveillance to curb illegal fishing. However, Spain has announced that it will help Guinea-Bissau to acquire three patrol vessels to combat illegal fishing in its territorial waters. Under an agreement recently signed in Guinea Bissau, the ships will be paid with funds from the European Union and built by an unnamed Spanish shipbuilder. The Surveillance of Fishing Activities (FISCAP) welcomes this support.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Commission recently adopted two proposals to reduce the wasteful practice of discarding – throwing overboard unwanted fish – in the North Western and South Western waters of the Atlantic. These discard plans concern demersal fisheries, i.e. fish that feed on or near the sea bottom, and are temporary measures to phase out discarding and gradually put in place the landing obligation, a key component of the EU's reformed Common Fisheries Policy. EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: "These plans are a major step forward as the fisheries concerned are very significant."

Monday, 12 October 2015

The Minister of Fisheries, Victoria de Barros Neto, announced the construction of US$98 million Centre for Professional Fisheries Training (Cefopesca) of Angola. The Centre is expected to be operational within 36 months. The Fisheries Training Centre was established in 1982 as part of cooperation between Angola and Sweden, with the Angolan government approving construction of a new centre following heavy rains in 2007 that destroyed 85 % of the existing Professional Fisheries Training Centre. This project is funded by a credit line opened by the government of Spain to Angola.