Europe

28 Nov
2019

Source: Oceana The European Parliament officially approved today the new European Commission, which will make fighting climate change one of its top priorities. To mitigate climate change, Oceana calls upon the new Commission to ensure ocean restoration and protection are fully integrated into the European Green Deal. The new Commission is expected to start its five-year […]

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15 Nov
2019

Source: The Fisheries Secretariat The control of fishing should be improved and made more effective, according to the Swedish government. They have now instructed the Coast Guard and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SWAM) to investigate how. This summer, Sweden commissioned SWAM to propose how camera surveillance onboard fishing vessels can be carried […]

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18 Oct
2019

Source: Seafood Source In a midnight deal this week in Luxembourg, European Union fisheries ministers finalized catch limits for Baltic Sea species – and set some limits that are above the recommended scientific advice. Eastern Baltic cod and Western Baltic herring are severely depleted and close to collapse, according to the International Council for the […]

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17 Oct
2019

Source: Client Earth France, Denmark and Spain are failing to enforce the EU ban on fish discards, threatening European fish stocks and the health of our ocean. Our ocean lawyers have today released reports showing that the three countries, all with major fishing industries, have not adequately enforced the ‘landing obligation’ or punished law-breakers. ClientEarth Fisheries lawyer Elisabeth Druel said: […]

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15 Oct
2019

Source: Undercurrent News A new report mapping fishmeal and oil supplies claims to reveal links between the UK’s biggest supermarkets and unsustainable fishing in India, Vietnam, and The Gambia. The report — “Fishing for Catastrophe”, published today by Netherlands-based Changing Markets Foundation (CMF) — claims to have found links between retailers and illegal, unsustainable fishing […]

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17 Sep
2019

Source: Fisheries Secretariat Baltic pelagic fisheries has massively misreported official catches, with sprat catches regularly recorded as herring – and the false reporting is not an isolated event, reports SR Kaliber, an investigative programme on Swedish national radio. During the first quarter of 2019 Swedish vessels underwent controls by Danish authorities on 19 occasions. The pelagic […]

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24 Jul
2019

Source: EU Reporter Oceana praises the progress made by Mediterranean countries during a fisheries compliance meeting of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), held last week in Tirana, Albania. At the conclusion of the regional gathering between 24 contracting parties, delegates agreed to adopt a stricter sanctioning process for non-compliant Mediterranean countries, and to improve […]

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18 Jul
2019

Source: European Commission The European Union and Canada signed an ocean partnership agreement on 18 July. The partnerships confirms the two sides’ belief that ocean governance is a shared challenge and responsibility. Only international cooperation can ensure the conservation and sustainable use of oceans, their resources and ecosystems. The partnership agreement includes clear commitments to […]

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16 Jul
2019

Source: The Guardian Charity accuses government agencies of ignoring ‘rampant’ rule-breaking in industry, and encourages whistleblowers A website for whistleblowers to expose illegal or unethical practices in the fishing industry has been launched by a charity campaigning to end overfishing in European Union waters. “Fishyleaks” has been set up by Our Fish to provide an anonymous and […]

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15 Jul
2019

Source: EU Reporter Analysis of satellite signals in the world’s most overfished sea reveals over 28 thousand hours of apparent fishing inside protected areas throughout 2018. Oceana has unveiled potential cases of illegal, unreported and poorly regulated fishing in the waters of the Mediterranean – the world’s most overfished sea (80% of fish stocks). The findings from this analysis will […]

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