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Friday, 20 July 2018
The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy must support small scale fisheries. This was the clear message from ALDE MEPs during a debate in the European Parliament in Brussels today. Carl Haglund (Svenska folkpartiet, Finland ), shadow rapporteur for the report on the reform of the CFP insisted: "The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is going in the right direction.
Friday, 26 February 2010
European seas are emptying of valuable fish - more than 80% of assessed fish stocks in EU waters are overfished and 30% are outside safe biological limits. As a result, the fishing sector is suffering and fishing communities struggle to make a living. The long-term environmental consequences are yet to be determined. However all is not lost, as a recently launched reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy is up for completion by 2012. Fish stocks can be rebuilt and the fishing sector can once again thrive, at least in the medium and long term. Be warned though, this isn't the first attempt at reform. The most recent occurred in 2002.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
The Coral Triangle contains spawning and nursery grounds, as well as migratory routes for commercially valuable tuna species, producing more than 40% of the total catch for the Western Central Pacific region and representing more than 20% of the total global catch. As a response to the new stringent catch-certification policy imposed by the EU, a project partnership was set up between the WWF, government, and the private sector so that fresh and chilled loined tuna caught in Mindoro (Philippines) by artisanal fishermen came onto the EU market with catch certificates verifying that they were from registered boats operating in legalized areas using highly selective fishing gear
Friday, 12 February 2010
Fishing licences allocated to Senegalese fishermen in the framework of the Mauritania-Senegal agreement will soon expire. Professional organisations from the two countries, the Conseil national interprofessionnel de la pêche artisanale du Sénégal (CONIPAS) and the artisanal section of the Fédération nationale des pêches (FNP) met in Nouakchott to raise awareness with their governments about the issues arising, including the necessity to mark the boundaries at sea in order to avoid incidents linked to fishermen incursions. Another issue that the two professional organisations will discuss is the renewal of the fishing licences.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
The European Commission has decided to delay its decision - from yesterday January 13 to a new undetermined date - about whether to include the bluefin tuna in the endangered species' list. Despite the EC's initial endorsement of the proposal, the refusal of a majority of EU countries is forcing an about turn. However there is not much time left now, as the final negotiations are being held in March in Doha (Qatar), when the world's Countries that have signed the CITES convention will meet. The position of the European Commission is still unclear: as a matter of fact, it is uncertain whether the Commission will present his proposal in the coming days or wait for the new team of Commissioners that will come soon into charge, as reported by Agrocope.com.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010
The second revision of the Cotonou Agreement governing relations between the EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries should be finalised in March 2010. Progress in the negotiations is assessed in a report by Development Committee Chair Eva Joly (Greens/EFA, FR).The report also proposes improvements to tackle climate change, tax havens, migration, agriculture and "land-grabbing" (government-backed foreign investors buying up arable land in developing countries), mostly on the African continent.EU policy towards developing countries must be coherent and consistent.  Policy in areas such as trade, fisheries and agriculture must be designed to have sustainable development in the ACP countries in order to fight poverty, and guarantee decent income and livelihood, which is not the case now", said rapporteur Eva Joly in the debate preceding the vote.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
The fisheries control regulation in force until now dates back to 1993. It has since been amended a dozen times, in particular in 1998 to include the control of fishing effort, and in 2002 during the last reform of the Common Fisheries Policy(CFP). The resulting system has serious shortcomings that prevent it from being as effective as it should be. As both the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors have highlighted, the current system is inefficient, expensive, complex, and it does not produce the desired results. This in turn impacts negatively on the implementation of other elements of the CFP and undermines the success of conservation and effort management initiatives. Control failures thus contribute to the negative performance of the CFP, which appears unable to deliver on its fundamental objective. Despite several years of implementation of the 2002 CFP reform, which has introduced a number of potentially powerful conservation measures, the state of resources in EU waters remains worrying.
This Briefing paper previews some of the headline debates expected in 2010 and sketches the backdrop against which these will unfold. The aim is not so much to predict outcomes, but to situate and frame the EU debates on development cooperation so as to enable as wide a group of stakeholders as possible to follow and participate in them. This year’s Challenges paper includes contributions from some of ECDPM’s African partners as well as results from an ECDPM opinion survey on EU-ACP relations. The poll covered issues such as regional priorities for 2010, the role of emerging actors and the future of the ACP Group.
Thursday, 14 January 2010
The 2988th Council meeting on Environment held in Brussels on 22 December 2009 adopted a decision with a view to put an end to the provisional application of the fisheries partnership agreement (FPA) with the Republic of Guinea (16976/09). By means of this decision, the Council notifies the Republic of Guinea the EU's intention to terminate the provisional application of the FPA, in accordance with article 25(2) of the Vienna convention on the law of treaties, following the violent crackdown on political demonstrators in Conakry on 28 September 2009 and the subsequent human rights violations. A fisheries protocol to the EU/Republic of Guinea agreement has been provisionally applied since 1 January 2009, pending the final conclusion of the agreement.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
On 1 January 2010, a set of new, strong rules has enter into force to bolster the control system of the European Union's Common Fisheries Policy. These rules will give the EU and its Member States new and powerful tools not only to protect the resources of our seas and oceans from unscrupulous operators, but also to protect the livelihoods of honest fishermen who would otherwise be exposed to unfair competition. With no preferential treatment from one country to another and no real temptation to cheat, because offenders will not be allowed to get away scot-free, the new system will enable fishermen to ply their trade under the same conditions, thus promoting a culture of compliance throughout the fisheries sector.