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Sunday, 22 October 2017

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.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

The European Parliament approved the protocols to the bilateral Fisheries Partnership Agreements between the EU and Madagascar, the EU and Cape Verde and the EU and Guinea Bissau in the last plenary session in Strasbourg. European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said, "In line with the principles of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), these protocols contribute to the responsible fishing and sustainable management of fisheries resources."

João Ferreira, Member of the European parliament has published an article denouncing the EU’s fisheries agreement with developing countries as exploitative and contradictory. Although rich in fisheries resources, developing country partners to fisheries agreements with the EU are typically lesser economically developed countries. In his opinion, current fisheries agreements are in contradiction to their stated objectives: “These agreements usually include a dimension for development - today called sectoral support, but its effects have been limited.

Monday, 14 September 2015

The European Parliament approved new fisheries agreements with Cape Verde and with Guinea-Bissau. The agreement with Cape Verde allows 71 vessels from Spain, France and Portugal to fish for tuna and other species. Cape Verde will receive €2.1 million in the four years of the term of the agreement, €360,000 more than it received under the previous fisheries agreement. The contract provides for a monitoring mechanism, strengthening monitoring and surveillance capabilities and support to local fishing communities to promote sustainable fisheries management in the archipelago.

Friday, 11 September 2015

The European parliament Committee on Fisheries will hold a hearing on Multispecies Management Plans - the core long-term management instrument in the Common Fisheries Policy. The meeting shall discuss the putting in place the landing obligation and technical measures through delegated acts, as well as the lessons learned for the development of Plans already in place.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines have signed a treaty establishing a maritime boundary between the two countries. It is the first ever of its kind and is based on equidistance between the two countries. Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart explained,  “The definition of the extent of a state’s jurisdiction over its land and maritime space is not a small matter. In fact, the ability of a state to exercise this jurisdiction unimpeded is one of the very defining characteristics of sovereignty. To agree with one’s neighbours exactly where their jurisdiction begins and yours ends is thus a matter of the highest import to the proper conduct of the business of the state.”

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Due to the lack of adequate sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) measures for fish and seafood for international exports, extra-regional trade is inhibited. Experts working for the Caribbean  Regional  Fisheries  Mechanism  (CRFM) are set to suggest that CARIFORUM adopt  a  new SPS regime . Experts have found that often there are no no legally binding protocols managing food safety throughout the region. In other cases, they are either disorganized or informal.