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 …