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Saturday, 23 June 2018

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.

The Commission confirmed its zero tolerance policy against illegal fishing worldwide by warning the Comoros Islands that they risk being identified as uncooperative countries in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. At the same time, the Commission is lifting the yellow cards from Ghana and Papua New Guinea, which 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. Fiji, Belize, Togo and Vanuatu have also  reformed their systems, following a warning by the EU.

Wednesday, 07 October 2015

Foreign investors, mostly from Norway, have now taken notice of the potential of the aquaculture industry in Kenya. Fisheries Principal Secretary Micheni Ntiba explains that the Government has a robust strategic plan for aquaculture development: “There are many things that need to be done in Kenya to upscale aquaculture development, and we invite our Norwegian partners to put their resources into this sector.” Norway has a highly developed aquaculture industry, from breeding to harvesting of fish, to value addition and marketing, and the country is looking to export its model to Kenya, and the larger East Africa region.

Thursday, 01 October 2015

This study on Blue growth Potential outlines how the Horizon 2020 research is embedded in the wider context of Food Security, sustainable agriculture and forestry , marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy. The report highlights one of the main purposes of this societal challenge, namely to sustainably optimize biological resources. The Framework Programme provide a number of bilateral agreements and dialogues, as well as international cooperation initiatives such as the EU-Africa dialogue on research and innovation (R&I).

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

The Committee on Fisheries have resumed parliamentary activities and shall continue work on: (i) negotiations with the Council on the multiannual management plan for the Baltic Sea, which is expected to be a prototype for future plans; (ii) review of technical measures and control regulations to implement the landing obligation; (iii) preparation of several multiannual fisheries management plans.