Small-scale fisheries communities and Aichi Target 11: Achieving conservation, sustainable livelihoods and food security in MPAs and other effective area-based measures (OEABMs)

At the UN Conference on Biodiversity (CBD) COP13 held from the 4-17 December in Cancun, Mexico, EBCD together with the FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, IUCN-CEM-FEG and in collaboration with ICSF organised a side event on the 7th of December entitled Small-scale fisheries communities and Aichi Target 11: Achieving conservation, sustainable livelihoods …

International ocean governance: EU’s contribution for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans

Brussels, 10 November 2016 The global ocean economy is estimated at €1.3 trillion. Climate change, poverty and food security are some of the global challenges that can be effectively addressed, if oceans are better protected and sustainably managed. The Commission and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy …

Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2017

In preparation for the December Fisheries Council, where Member States will negotiate fishing quotas in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2017, the Commission is presenting its proposal for healthy and sustainable stocks. Today the Commission is presenting its proposal on fishing quotas for next year in the Atlantic and …

Discards phase-out: New landing obligations adopted for the Atlantic and the North Sea

This month the Commission adopted three Delegated Regulations establishing discard plans for certain demersal fisheries and one for pelagic fishery. Discard plans are a temporary measure facilitating the phase-out of discards and the phase-in of a new region-specific style of fisheries management. The new plans concern certain demersal fisheries in …

European Commission promotes EU aquaculture at Edinburgh conference

Fish farmed in the European Union is among the best in the world: a tasty, high-quality dish produced according to the world’s strictest health and environmental standards. European aquaculture is also a sector with vast growth potential: today, 57% of the farmed fish consumed in the EU is imported. To …

New, simplified EU programme for fisheries data collection: Commission clarifies rules for Member States

The European Commission has taken another step in fleshing out the rules for data collection in the fisheries sector. Guidance published today will give the Member States, who are responsible for the collection of relevant data, a clearer idea on how to build sound data collection plans for the period …

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FAO publishes its “State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2016” Report

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture aims to provide objective, reliable and up-to-date data and information to a wide range of readers – policy-makers, managers, scientists, stakeholders and indeed all those interested in the fisheries and aquaculture sector. As always, the scope is global and the topics many and …

EP Think Tank publishes fact sheet on EU Fisheries and Aquaculture

European aquaculture: is stagnating by contrast with increasing rates of aquaculture production at world level and, in particular, in Asia. To try to dampen this trend, the Commission published two communications with strategies for developing European aquaculture, one in 2002 and another in 2009. The 2002 strategy failed to increase European …

MEPs and ministers strike informal deal to ban deep sea fishing below 800 metres

MEPs and ministers struck a deal on a ban on fishing below a depth of 800 meters in the North-East Atlantic. The ban, agreed on Thursday afternoon, will apply to bottom trawling and would also restrict deep-sea fishing to the area where it took place between 2009 and 2011. “When …