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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Council of the EU approved the political agreement between institutions on the implementation of the landing obligation for fisheries. Also known as the "omnibus regulation", the text is in-line with the central objective of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP): the progressive elimination of discards in all EU fisheries through the introduction of an obligation to land all catches. The final text will be on the agenda of the European Parliament and the Council for its adoption. The  landing obligation aims to curb wasteful practice of discarding unwanted catch and promote smarter fishing methods which reduce unwanted catch in the first place.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

A delegation from Angola and representatives of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) shall discuss a continental fisheries and communal aquaculture project in Rome. They delegation shall negotiate forms of financing the US$11 million of the project’s budget with IFAD. The project, which aims to introduce inland fishing and aquaculture into the communal food supply chain, will be focused on three areas, namely infrastructure, training and cooperatives. Meanwhile, Angola and Russia will increase cooperation in the fields of fisheries, particularly aquaculture, and education (management training), by signing two new cooperation agreements.

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Vanuatu's fisheries minister is calling on Pacific countries to make more effort to end illegal fishing in the region. David Tosul said that the Pacific's struggle with IUU fishing is what has prompted more so called 'yellow cards' from the European Union. He says Vanuatu got such a card in 2012 which had threatened its export access to the EU. While Vanuatu has since improved its performance, other countries have now been admonished by the EU - including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. There are concerns that countries like PNG, Fiji and other island countries in the region  will not be able to export their product to big markets.

The regional maritime information centre (RMIC) is a European Union-funded project, initiated by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC). At the  African Union (AU) maritime security meeting in Seychelles, it was decided that it will be located in Madagascar, it was decided at last week's. The centre shall ensure the safety and security of 7,000-8,000 ships sailing between Africa and Southeast Asia, and specifically along the Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and the east African mainland.Under the €37.5 million (USD42.7 million) EU-funded MASE maritime security programme, IOC is also improving maritime surveillance capability and co-ordination in the region.

The European Union provides technical advice and assistance via the Deep Sea Minerals project, in collaboration SPC to enable Pacific Island countries to make informed decisions about deep seabed mining. Tuvalu and Kiribati are the most recent members of the group to join the group who are proactively formulating rules for seabed. SPC geoscience division director Mike Petterson: "SPC will continue to work with the countries to develop the legal instruments required and assist with capacity building and awareness raising programmes in this fascinating, emerging area."

Monday, 23 February 2015

A Taiwanese fishing vessels has been found to be conducting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the waters of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific. The crew has been arrested and the fine could amount to $6.5m.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Switzerland has announced that a new legislation will prohibit imports from countries who conduct illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The Swiss Confederation shall put in place a procedure which requires the presentation of a catch certificate, accompanying documents and fees of additional customs. This legislation will align Swiss and European Union (EU) approaches to IUU fishing. Currently,  IUU costs West Africa alone approximately $ 1.3 billion each year, according to Greenpeace.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

The European Commission’s regulation on the implementation of the EU's international obligations under the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas and the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries came into effecton 24 January. This regulation will provide legal clarity on rules that apply for EU fishermen when they fish under the purview of the Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and catch fish which falls under the new EU's landing obligation.

This report is an ex-ante evaluation which shall inform EU policy makers on their decision on whether to give a mandate to the European Commission to begin negotiations of a Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) and protocol. Following discussions which began in 2013, the evaluation includes a regional analysis of tuna fisheries in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO). While Kenya’s northern maritime border with Somali remains a ‘maritime dispute’, production levels are comparably high compared to the rest of the region.


This report is An ex-post evaluation of the Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Kiribati. The current Protocol is due to expire in 2015, and the report also provides an evaluation for the potential negotiation and implementation of a new report. The economy of Kiribati is highly dependent on income from fishing license fees, remittances and donor assistance. Revenues from license fees represent 70% on average of total Government revenues.