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 …

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 …

Job Announcement: EBCD is seeking a Deputy Director

EBCD  is seeking a Deputy Director to work in close collaboration with the Director of the EBCD. the Deputy Director will spearhead EBCD’s development and lead a team of experts and their activities. Given the Director’s increasing commitments and frequent absence from the office, the Deputy Director will be in charge …

Small Scale Fisheries in European Coastal Communities and Regions

In collaboration with the Committee of the Regions this event to be held Monday 27 June aims to ensure debate to identify what steps might be needed to assist local fishing communities in their transition to the future. The development of the Blue economy in Europe on local and regional …

Global agreement to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

On June 5, the Port State Measures Agreement, a key international treaty aimed at combating illegal fishing will come into force. The Agreement, adopted and promoted by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation, allows countries to keep illegal operators out of their ports and to prevent them from landing …

EP Think Tank Briefing: Multiannual plan for Baltic fisheries

Multiannual plans for fisheries management are an essential tool to ensure the sustainable exploitation of fish stocks and marine ecosystems. They also offer increased predictability to fishermen in the long run. In October 2014, the European Commission proposed a multiannual plan for stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the …

Aichi Biodiversity Target 6 on Sustainable Fisheries: Improving reporting & working towards implementation

Organised at the CBD SBSSTA, this event building on collaboration among the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership, this event highlighted work by IUCN-Fisheries Expert Group, the European Bureau for Conservation and Development, the CBD Secretariat and FAO in developing advice for indicators and implementation of measuring progress against Aichi Target 6: “By 2020 …

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

Organised at the CBD SBSSTA, this event highlighted that overexploitation, environmental degradation, social inequities, tenure insecurity and poverty are interconnected threats to aquatic biodiversity conservation and to coastal and rural communities that depend on aquatic resources for their livelihoods and well-being. It is crucial to determine the appropriate forms of …