‘Baltic Plan’: Agreement reached on the first long-term fishing plan under the new CFP

A political agreement on a multiannual plan for the management of the Baltic Sea cod, sprat and herring stocks was reached on Tuesday evening. This is the first such plan under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and it will ensure the sustainability of fisheries and offer fishermen better economic …

Commission decentralises and simplifies technical conservation measures

Commission delivers on Better Regulation agenda on fisheries. Today the European Commission, continuing to deliver on its commitment to Better Regulation, presented a proposal for new conservation measures for fisheries in European seas. These are rules on how, where and when fishermen may fish, also determining gear, catch composition and …

EUROPEAN AQUACULTURE – EP Think Tank

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 …

CoR opinion on Data Collection in Fisheries

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) has provided its opinion on the Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the establishment of a Community Union framework for the collection, management and use of data in the fisheries sector and support for scientific advice regarding the …

EU seminar on landing obligation looks at lessons learnt so far

A seminar organised by the European Commission in Brussels today brought together national and European policymakers, scientists, fishing industry representatives and other stakeholders to discuss first experiences with the implementation of the landing obligation. Speakers focused on lessons learnt and next steps. The landing obligation is being phased in under …

ICES Advice released on effects of pulse trawling

Following a request from France, the updated advice from previous years addresses issues related to the impact of pulse trawl gear on the ecosystem. Pulse trawling could be a more benign ecological option than conventional beam trawling if properly understood and adequately controlled, though this comes with a number of …

Integrating economic advice into EU fisheries management

To manage our EU fisheries well, we need sound data, analysis and advice, both biological and economic. How do we make sure that the data on which we build our fisheries policies and management decisions are timely, accurate and indeed relevant? A European Commission conference, underway in Malta today and …

Contributions received on the Consultation on International Ocean Governance are published

The European Commission has published the contributions from Public authorities, Registered and Non-registered organisations and individual citizens on the Public consultation on “International Ocean Governance”, which was launched in summer 2015. It has also provided a list with all the answers received. Visit the EC’s webpage here: PUBLIC CONSULTATION and check …

Marine sustainability in an age of changing oceans and seas

Oceans and seas play a crucial role in regulating our climate, nurturing biodiversity, and providing income and food to people around the world. At COP21, governments across the globe agreed that we must set a more aggressive limit for global warming. This limit is one essential step toward a more …

COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade: Report

The report of the Fourteeth Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Fish Trade is now available here. Established in 1985, the Sub-Committee shall provide a forum for consultations on technical and economic aspects of international trade in fish and fishery products including pertinent aspects of production and consumption. In particular, …