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  • Countries Crack Down on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

    Countries took a major step forward in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing today as they endorsed a set of international guidelines that will hold states more accountable for the activities of fishing vessels flying their flags. The FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance spell out a range of actions that countries can take to ensure that vessels ...

  • European Commission intensifies the fight against illegal fishing

    Following a formal warning one year ago (IP/12/1215), the European Commission today intensifies its fight against illegal fishing by identifying Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as non-cooperating third countries. Despite the Commission working closely with the countries' authorities to set up fisheries management and effective control ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Tighter controls rejected on Pacific tuna fishing

    Pacific island nations and conservation groups have failed to persuade the body that oversees tuna fishing in the Pacific to introduce more stringent measures to protect tuna supply. Negotiations broke down at a meeting in Guam last month (March 26-30) of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), as Pacific island nations – backed by Australia – failed to reach ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EU takes concrete action against illegal fishing

    Following a Commission proposal, the Council of Ministers has today decided to list Belize, Cambodia and Guinea-Conakry as countries acting insufficiently against illegal fishing. After several warnings, measures will now come into effect against the three countries to tackle the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing. This means that imports into the EU of any fisheries products ...

  • Study indicates decline in seabed-dwelling fish in the Mediterranean

    Using data gathered by satellites, scientists have monitored changes in fishing activity around Italy in the Mediterranean Sea for the period 2007-2010. From this, they developed new ecological indicators that gave a more detailed pattern of fishing activity in the Italian seas. In addition, the new indicators suggest that fish stocks on the seabed around Italy are continuing to decline. ...

  • U.S. and EU Pledge Crackdown on Illegal Fishing

    Joshua S. Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group, issued this statement today in response to a historic agreement between the United States and the European Union to stop illegal fishing. "Two of the three largest seafood importing markets deciding to crackdown on the illegal fishing epidemic could represent a major turning ...

  • High-Quality Pumps Help Fish Farms Handle Growth

    Pumping systems manufacturer DESMI’s Peter Laursen offers advice to farmed-fish processing plants looking to invest in high-reliability, scaleable pumps to meet production pressures. With fewer and fewer fish in our seas, fish farming has grown to become an enormous industry worldwide – with billions of dollars in revenue and continued growth forecast for decades to come. Like any ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • High-Quality Pumps Help Fish Farms Handle Growt

    umping systems manufacturer DESMI’s Peter Laursen offers advice to farmed-fish processing plants looking to invest in high-reliability, scaleable pumps to meet production pressures. With fewer and fewer fish in our seas, fish farming has grown to become an enormous industry worldwide – with billions of dollars in revenue and continued growth forecast for decades to come. Like ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • Artificial fish habitats along Somali coast to benefit coastal communities

    FAO, working with the European Union, has just completed the deployment of 25 "fish magnets" along Somalia's 3,300-km coastline, a move that will boost the nation's small-scale artisanal fisheries. The Fish-Aggregating Devices (FADs) consist of a floating buoy and "habitat mat" a few metres across. Plant life quickly grows under the mat, attracting large numbers of fish -- in essence creating new ...

  • Question and Answers on the EU`s fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

    Why does the Commission list Belize, Cambodia and Guinea as non-cooperative third countries taken? The Commission's decision to list these three third countries (Belize, Cambodia, Guinea) was taken following a warning (yellow card) issued to eight countries last year. Each country was given a reasonable deadline within which to react and to resolve the issues identified. ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Managing fishery footprints may benefit the seafloor

    Trawling can disturb the seabed, impacting habitats and biodiversity. Results from a new study in the North Sea have shown that changes in the distribution of trawling activity – the result of fishers’ choices among fishing grounds and the effects of fisheries’ regulations - have greater implications for the overall state of seabed habitat than the protection that might be ...

  • Plan to secure future of West Scotland herring

    The EC has also tabled a proposal for a Council regulation on a multi-annual plan for the management of herring fisheries to the West of Scotland. The proposal will ensure the sustainability of the fishery and prevent any sudden increase in fishing pressure which could jeopardise its future. This will require adjusting the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) to achieve a high and sustainable yield by ...

  • A bird’s eye view of fishery discard reforms

    Reforms to reduce discards of over-quota fish catches are generally predicted to have positive effects on marine ecosystems and biodiversity. Although concerns have been raised over the impacts of the changes on scavenging seabirds who feed upon discarded fish, new research on gannets indicates that, while they often forage near fishing vessels, more than half their time is spent foraging ...

  • Only the best for the Captain’s Table

    The Captains’ Table Seafood Restaurant in Cleethorpes has become MSC certified. Fish and chip fans in the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and surrounding Lincolnshire area can now enjoy the finest MSC certified sustainable cod and haddock direct from the cool clear waters of Norway. A wide, sustainable choice Recent news that cod stocks are improving in the North Sea has been great ...

  • Fisheries MEPs approve rules for €6.5 billion EU aid fund

    Operating rules for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) were approved by the Fisheries Committee on Wednesday. From 2014, the EMFF will fund EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) measures to make EU fisheries sustainable and develop aquaculture. The EMFF will also fund Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) cooperation among maritime stakeholders in different policy areas. "The adoption ...


    By European Commission

  • Questions and Answers on the reformed Common Fisheries Policy

    The overall objective of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is to make fishing sustainable - environmentally, economically and socially. The new policy will bring fish stocks back to sustainable levels and will stop wasteful fishing practices. It will provide EU citizens with a stable, secure and healthy food supply for the long term. It seeks to bring new prosperity to the fishing ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Overfishing Threatens Critical Link in the Food Chain

    The fish near the bottom of the aquatic food chain are often overlooked, but they are vital to healthy oceans and estuaries. Collectively known as forage fish, these species—including sardines, anchovies, herrings, and shrimp-like crustaceans called krill—feed on plankton and become food themselves for larger fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. Historically, people have eaten ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • European Maritime and Fisheries Fund agreement: investing in a sustainable future

    The European Commission has welcomed the European Parliament's voted on October 23th on the 2014-2020 European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This vote is a crucial step to securing political agreement by the end of the year which would allow the fund to be in place as of January 2014. The Commission is pleased to note that the European Parliament has rejected public aid to vessel ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Pacific fisheries meet `fails to end tuna overfishing`

    A five-day meeting on fisheries ended last week (6 December) amid complaints that big fishing nations have blocked efforts to curb tuna overfishing and ignored scientific advice. The accusations were made following the ninth regular session of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, which is the ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Fisheries and aquaculture recovery three years after the Asian tsunami

    The Asian tsunami of 26 December 2004 killed nearly 300 000 people and devastated the livelihoods of millions more, many of them poor fishers and fish farmers. Indeed, fisheries and aquaculture were the hardest-hit sectors, with large numbers of boats, fishing gear, aquaculture ponds and support installations damaged or destroyed. FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department has played a leading ...

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