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Thursday, 19 July 2018

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.

Monday, 07 September 2015

Fishing operators from Cape Verde are now obliged to obtain a health certificate to export their products to the European Union. The ordinance replaces one dated March 2009 and introduces the mandatory health certificate for export products as a single and inseparable document. Its application will be overseen by the official inspector authorised by the Authority for Fisheries Products (Acopesca). The respective preamble indicates that the change is meant to adjust the sector to European Union rules for the import/export of products for human consumption and to improve the business environment between the two markets. Cabo Verde has been included for years on the list of countries authorised to export to the European Union, which is the leading recipient of fish from the island nation.

Thursday, 03 September 2015

Fisheries and aquaculture ministers from the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) called on the European Union, United Nations, World Bank and other bodies to provide adequate financial resources for the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan for Fisheries and Aquaculture adopted in Fiji in 2012. The ACP ministers urged the international community to agree to concrete actions to reduce the effects of climate change at the COP21 and to cooperate more closely with African, Caribbean and Pacific nations on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and piracy. The group also called on the EU for support on dealing with the erosion of preferential tariffs for exports to EU markets from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015

Spain and Curaçao have signed a framework agreement for technical cooperation to strengthen the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The agreement provides that both sides shall share data relevant to combating IUU fishing, including on tools used for control and inspection of fishing activities. There is also a training component to the agreement, whereby fisheries inspectors will receive both theoretical and practical training. Spain is one of the leading countries taking active steps to combat IUU fishing and has been involved in a number of international cooperation activities (e.g. Operation Sparrow).

The 4th meeting of ACP Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture was held at ACP House in Brussels, from 22 to 23 July 2015. The roadmap highlights, inter alia, the points raised in the meeting: (i) adequate financial resources and collaboration with key partner institutions to support CAP fisheries, notably EU, FAO, IFAD, UNIDO and the World Bank; (ii) ambitious goals at COP21 in order to mitigate the negative effects that climate change has on the fisheries sector; (iii)  enhanced coordinated action to fight both Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and piracy; (iv) development of aquaculture and fisheries sector as a means for creating decent jobs, especially for youth and women, as well as the preservation of aquatic biodiversity; (v)  coherence and appropriate policies among regional economic integration organisations and regional fisheries organisations to achieve this aim.