Europêche launches iFish

Europêche, the body which represents 80,000 fishermen and 45,000 vessels within the EU fleet, launches its new consumer facing information portal – iFish. iFish is designed to address the growing consumer appetite for information on the industry, and will cover key themes such its economic and environmental impact, as well …

Towards sustainable management and trade possibilities of seal products

Following the decision by the WTO Appellate Body the EU must now change its seal trade regime and comply with the decision at the latest by 18 October 2015. In February 2015 the European Commission has presented a proposal to ban trade in products from seals taken in EU waters. …

IOTC results are warmly welcomed by the EU

The 19th meeting of the IOTC was held in Busan, Korea, from 24 April to 1 May 2015. The IOTC adopted six EU proposals (stand alone or co-sponsored), including improved reporting requirements, a reinsertion of the expired IOTC capacity management framework and a conservation measure on billfish with clear indications …

Landing obligation is approved

Fishermen will have two years to “adapt” before sanctions for failing to comply with the new fish “discard” ban take effect, under a law passed by Parliament on Tuesday. The draft law, already informally agreed by MEPs and ministers, amends the “omnibus” regulation on arrangements for enforcing the ban. Obliging …

Baltic Multiannual management plan is just around the corner

On the 28th April 2015 the European Parliament gave a positive vote on the multiannual Baltic Plan, a long-term management plan which establishes targets and conservation reference points for cod, sprat and herring stocks. The plan is a big step forward in making fishing in the Baltic more sustainable. It …

Thailand warned to take action on IUU fishing

On the 21st April 2015, The European Commission put Thailand on formal notice for not taking sufficient measures in the international fight against illegal fishing (IUU). As a result of a thorough analysis and a series of discussions with Thai authorities since 2011, the Commission has denounced the country’s shortcomings …

Measures adopted to help sea bass recover

On the 23rd March 2015 the Council of the European Union adopted measures to help sea bass recover. For recreational fishing, which accounts for 25% of sea bass mortality, the decision will mean the introduction of a limit of three fish per day per angler. Learn more about sea bass …

EC adopts pelagic discard plans

In October 2014 the Commission has adopted five discard plans (through so-called delegated acts) in preparation of the implementation of the landing obligation that is applicable from 2015 on (pelagic and industrial fisheries in all Union waters, and fisheries for cod in the Baltic). (source: European Commission)

Discard ban: The Norwegian example

Following the coming into force of the landing obligation for pelagic stocks, as well as the upcoming discard ban on demersal species in 2016, the EU fishing fleet has been faced with the issue of minimising unwanted by-catch via new and more selective management measures. A peer reviewed paper on …

Landing obligation: Agreement reached in trilogues

A press conference was held at the European Parliament, where MEP Alain Cadec (FR, EPP) gave an update on the outcome of the 2nd round of the inter-institutional negotiations regarding the landing obligation regulation (omnibus regulation). He stated that an agreement was reached between the European Parliament and the Latvian …