EU and Mauritania sign a new 4-year Sustainable Fisheries Protocol

On 16th November, a new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) between EU and Mauritania has been signed. The renewal of the Protocol means that EU vessels may resume their fishing activities in Mauritanian waters. The new Protocol will enter fully into force only after the necessary procedures have …

Fleet report shows progress towards more sustainable fleet levels

The Commission adopted the annual fleet report (2013) last week. The report shows that Member States are continuing to make progress in adjusting their fishing capacity and achieving a balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities. On 1 January 2014, 86.879 vessels were registered in the EU fleet register, with …

Understanding fisheries technical rules

Fisheries technical measures encompass a large variety of rules which set various characteristics of fishing gear and specifications for its use or which restrict certain type of fishing in some areas or time periods. They are intended to prevent the catching of marine organisms that should not be caught in …

Fisheries discard ban: Commission proposes plans for the North Sea

Today the Commission adopted a plan to reduce the wasteful practice of discarding – throwing overboard unwanted fish – in the North Sea. This discard plan concerns demersal fisheries, i.e. fish that feed on or near the sea bottom, and is a temporary measure to phase out discarding and gradually …

Fisheries discard ban: Commission proposes plans for the Atlantic

Today the Commission adopted two proposals to reduce the wasteful practice of discarding – throwing overboard unwanted fish – in the north western and south western waters of the Atlantic. These discard plans concern demersal fisheries, i.e. fish that feed on or near the sea bottom, and are temporary measures …

FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries celebrates 20-year anniversary

Twenty years after its birth, FAO’s Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries shared a moment in the limelight with ministers, researchers and leaders in the fisheries industry at the first International Fisheries Stakeholders Forum that opened in Vigo, Spain, today. “The Code of Conduct has been an unmitigated success, because it …

IUU developments – 2 new countries yellow card and 2 countries green

The Commission today confirmed its zero tolerance policy against illegal fishing worldwide by warning the Comoros and Taiwan that they risk being identified as uncooperative countries in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. At the same time, the Commission is lifting the yellow cards from Ghana and …

International Ocean Governance Infographic

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NAFO enhances the protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs)

The European Commission welcomes the decisions during the 37th annual meeting of NAFO (North Atlantic Fisheries Organisation, 21-25 September 2015, Halifax, Canada), which contain a strong commitment of its Contracting Parties to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems, by adopting Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for a number of stocks taking due account …

EVENT on CFP: The External Dimension as a Driver for Change

Sustainable Fisheries & Regional Cooperation The Long-Distance Advisory Council (LDAC) is delighted to announce a high-level workshop to discuss the role of the external dimension of the reformed CFP as a driver for sustainability and good governance outside EU waters, with a special focus on Africa.  With an excellent line-up of speakers and a wide range …