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, …

Commission proposes new rules to improve transparency and monitoring of EU fleet fishing internationally

Commission proposes new system to grant and manage authorisations that will allow authorities to better monitor both EU vessels fishing outside Union waters and international vessels fishing in our own waters. The European Commission today proposed a new system to grant and manage fishing authorisations, allowing authorities to better monitor …

EU speaks out at UN General Assembly in favour of better managed oceans and sustainable fishing

Oceans, seas and their resources are an important part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The international community has the responsibility to implement agreed commitments properly in order to counter the major threats to the marine environment and ensure that sustainable development targets are met. This was the EU’s message …

European Court of Justice decides in favor of European Parliament in cod case

Today the European Court of Justice ruled in favour of the European Parliament regarding the multiannual cod plan in the Atlantic and North Sea (Case C-124/13). Read the Court ruling here. This means that the Council of the EU did not have the authority to split the proposal for a …