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AGRIFISH Council adopts 2022 fishing opportunities for the North-East Atlantic

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 dicembre 2021

The Council agreed on fishing opportunities for 2022 for the fish stocks exclusively managed by the EU in the Atlantic, Kattegat and Skagerrak and for stocks shared with Norway bilaterally and with Norway and the United Kingdom trilaterally, following the agreement reached last Friday.On the stocks managed by the EU only, Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said:Today’s decisions are very good news for all the stocks that we are managing sustainably, guaranteeing that they remain at maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels. I am very pleased that Member States have followed the Commission’s proposal. We have agreed 10 TACs in line with the levels advised by the scientists to guarantee MSY yields. As proposed by the Commission, the Council has set 10 TACs in line with MSY advice, including 2 stocks in the lower range of MSY for plaice and for Norway lobster in Skagerrak and Kattegat. For cod in Kattegat, the Council has agreed on a package of measures with a limit of 97 tonnes for unavoidable catches taken in other fisheries and an allowance given to fishermen and women who are taking part in remote electronic monitoring projects to bring fisheries control into the 21st century. In the Bay of Biscay, the Council has agreed to the reopening of the Norway lobster fishery in Functional Unit 31 to 14 tonnes and to a cut of -36% for sole. In the Iberian waters, the megrim TAC will be raised by 13%, the anglerfish TAC by 5% and the horse mackerel TAC by 12%. These increases show that conservation efforts pay off.On the stocks shared between the EU, Norway and the United Kingdom, 15 out of 18 TACs have been set in line with MSY.Since the negotiations regarding stocks shared bilaterally with the UK are still ongoing, the Council has adopted temporary contingency TACs for those stocks for the first 3 months of 2022. This contingency plan ensures that fishing can continue seamlessly into the new year, if an agreement with the UK is not reached before the end of December. The contingency TACs are generally set at 25% of the 2021 TACs. Exceptions include stocks fished disproportionately at the beginning of the year.

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North-East Atlantic coastal States reach agreement on mackerel

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 novembre 2021

At a meeting in London, the delegations of the European Union, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom reached an agreement on the management measures for mackerel, blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring in the North East Atlantic for 2022. All three stocks have a total allowable catch (TAC) for 2022 set according to the scientific advice provided by the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES). For mackerel, the coastal States agreed to set the TAC for 2022 at 794,920 tonnes. This TAC is in line with ICES advice, following the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) approach and is 7% lower than the TAC agreed for 2021.For blue whiting, the TAC for 2022 was agreed at 752,736 tonnes (19% lower than for 2021) and for Atlanto-Scandian herring the TAC for 2022 was agreed at 598,588 tonnes (8% lower than for 2021). The agreed TAC levels are in line with the long-term management strategies and follow the ICES MSY advice.All parties recognised the need to reach an agreement on quota-sharing arrangements for all three stocks and, therefore, agreed to engage in further work on the matter as early as possible.The delegations also agreed to establish three working groups to analyse and report on the stock and catch distribution of these stocks in the North-East Atlantic.

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2020

For 2021, the European Commission presents a proposal with 23 Total Allowable Catches (TACs). Following scientific advice, the Commission proposes for 13 stocks to decrease the fishing quota, while increasing it for horse mackerel in the Iberian waters and sole in Kattegat by 5% and 12% respectively. The fishing opportunities, or Total Allowable Catches (TACs), are quotas set for most of Europe’s commercial fish stocks in order to keep them in a healthy status or help them return to it, while guaranteeing the wellbeing of fishermen and women. Under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), the EU Member States are legally bound to manage fish stocks at sustainable levels.Four TACs are delegated to a Member State, and four do not follow the calendar year (e.g. anchovy, sprat) and are already set until June 2021 or await scientific advice next year.The Commission also proposes to continue existing safeguard measures to ensure that the amount of cod in Kattegat recovers to safe levels. Following the advice received by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) that no targeted fishery should take place for this stock, the Commission will set a fishing quota for by-catches only. Fishers in the area must use selective gears that reduce or avoid cod by-catches, or electronic monitoring to prevent illegal discards.Today’s proposal also covers the Total Allowable Catches that will be decided in cooperation with non-EU countries, such as the United Kingdom and Norway, or through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs). International consultations for many of these stocks are still ongoing, as are the negotiations of the future EU-UK partnership, including on fisheries, and therefore the respective TACs are put as pro memoria awaiting the outcome of negotiations.Sustainable fishing has made substantial progress in the EU. In 2020, 62 out of 78 TACs are set at a level that allows a healthy future for the fish stocks’ biomass, while taking into account socio-economic factors (“maximum sustainable yield” (MSY), compared to only 5 out of 35 in 2009. Despite reduced fishing activity during the first months of the coronavirus pandemic, preliminary results show that the sector remains profitable, with estimated gross profits expected to reach 1.5 billion EUR in 2020.The Commission proposal bases itself on scientific advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). For stocks with a full scientific assessment, the Commission is proposing fishing levels in line with maximum sustainable yield (MSY). For stocks where less data is available, the Commission bases itself on the ICES’ precautionary advice. In cases where the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea advises no catches, the Commission either proposes a small fishing quota for a scientific fishery to ensure continued data collection, or limits the fishing to by-catches. In line with the provisions of the Common Fisheries Policy and the applicable multiannual management plans, this helps to avoid “choke” situations so that fishermen and women can continue targeting the healthy stocks.

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 ottobre 2019

Ahead of the 16-17 December Council meeting on Fisheries, the Commission has today adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities in 2020 for 72 stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea: for 32 stocks the fishing quota is either increased or remains the same; for 40 stocks the quota is reduced. The fishing opportunities, or Total Allowable Catches (TACs), are quotas set for most commercial fish stocks in order to keep or restore healthy stocks, while allowing the industry to profit from fishing the highest amount of fish.

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Atlantic Broadband Launches Hosted Voice for Businesses in New Hampshire and Maine

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

Atlantic Broadband, the nation’s ninth largest cable operator, today announced the availability of Hosted Voice for businesses across its New Hampshire and Maine service areas. This announcement introduces more than 40 enterprise-class phone features to regional businesses for a flexible and scalable communications solution.Hosted Voice communications and features are delivered over a dedicated connection with network redundancy for optimal performance, security and reliability. It lives in a data center, rather than on-site, for ease of operation and streamlined maintenance with little to no capital cost. The end result is a communications service with unprecedented levels of flexibility and capability to support businesses with five to 500 employees. Atlantic Broadband’s Hosted Voice Service is ideal for multi-location businesses or those that utilize remote, mobile or afterhours employees.
Atlantic Broadband, a subsidiary of Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX: CCA), is the ninth largest cable operator in the United States, based on the number of television service customers served. The company provides its residential and business customers with internet, TV and phone services in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Atlantic Broadband is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. To learn more about Atlantic Broadband, please visit https://atlanticbb.com.

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Atlantic and North Sea: agreement on 2019 fishing quotas

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 dicembre 2018

I would like to thank you, Elisabeth and your entire team from the Austrian Presidency for helping to broker a deal on the fishing opportunities for 2019.After two full days of intense and at times difficult negotiations, I can say that today is a good day for European fishermen and for fish alike.Today, we have agreed on fishing opportunities for European fishermen worth more than 5 billion euros, and benefitting more than 50 000 fishermen. The catches agreed today will continue to make the European fishing industry highly profitable also in 2019.We were able to agree on increased quotas compared to last year, fully in line with scientific advice, on a number of very important stocks, such as northern hake, northern haddock, horse mackerel, seabass and some stocks of Norway lobster.We have also taken important decisions to help implement the ban on the wasteful practice of discards. The landing obligation will enter into force in two weeks time. Today, we have agreed on a number of practical ways to limit possible choke situations. This should give business certainty for our fishermen for next year.In particular, I would like to praise our Member States for showing solidarity towards each other, where zero or low quotas combined with the landing obligation would have forced a Member State to stop very early or to not even start fishing for certain stocks.Here, Member States used existing mechanisms to address such situations, but also agreed on a new tool, based on the Commission’s proposal. The system of limited by-catch quotas together with the creation of a common pool based on contributions from a number of Member States will address possible choke situations. The solution agreed includes incentives for fishermen to be more selective and commitments by Member States to take appropriate control measures. I would like to thank all Member States who have invested a lot in preparing this package.It is, however, also clear that additional efforts will be required to further improve selectivity and to control the landing obligation.We also took some difficult decisions on stocks which are not in a good shape. In particular, I would like to commend the responsible decision to follow the Commission’s proposal and to reduce catches for Herring in the Celtic Sea by 53%, reduce catches for Nephrops in the waters around Ireland by 32% and to reduce catches for sole in the Eastern channel by 26% – all three in line with the MSY advice.We made further progress on protecting the eel stock, which is still in a critical condition. Following the important decisions taken earlier this year for the Mediterranean, today we created a level playing field across the EU by establishing a consecutive 3 months closure period (to be chosen between August and February) for all fisheries of European eel at all life stages, including glass eel. This closure will apply to all marine waters and to brackish waters. These are crucial measures to ensure the recovery of the stock.
The Council also adopted the Commission’s proposal for fishing opportunities on sprat and turbot in the Black Sea for 2019. The turbot multi-annual plan adopted last year by the GFCM was the first ever plan for the Black Sea. I am confident that the situation of turbot will improve and that IUU fishing will be reduced substantially.Overall, the decisions adopted today allow us to make further progress in ensuring sustainable fisheries in the EU. Our first assessment suggests that 59 stocks, managed by the EU or by the EU and Norway together, and for which MSY advice was available, will be managed at sustainable levels in 2019.Out of the 57 stocks managed by the EU only, for which MSY advice was available, we have set limits at sustainable levels for 50 stocks. Most importantly, if we look at the expected landings next year, we can say that almost 99% of landings in the Baltic, North Sea and the Atlantic, managed exclusively by the EU, will be fished at sustainable levels. This, I believe, is an important step forward, in particular in a very challenging year, where the landing obligation fully kicks in. However, it is also clear that we will need to step up our efforts next year to reach the targets we have all agreed to.

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North-East Atlantic coastal states reach agreement on blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 novembre 2018

In London, delegations of the European Union, the Faroe Islands, Norway and Iceland, with the participation of Greenland as observer, reached an agreement on the management measures for 2019 for blue whiting and Atlanto-Scandian herring. North-East Atlantic coastal states agreed that, in 2019, the total catches of blue whiting should not exceed 1,143,629 tonnes and that the total catch level for Atlanto-Scandian herring should not be more than 588,562 tonnes. The catch limits are based on the long-term management strategy jointly agreed by the coastal states and are in line with the scientific advice received from the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The parties may fish their quotas in their respective zones of fisheries jurisdiction and in international waters.

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 novembre 2018

Brussels. Today the Commission presents its proposal ahead of the December Fisheries Council where Member States should agree next year’s fishing quotas.The European Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and the North Sea for 89 stocks: for 62 stocks the fishing quota is either increased or remains the same, for 22 stocks is reduced and for 5 the Commission proposes new by-catch quotas at low level to reduce the fishing pressure.The fishing opportunities, or Total Allowable Catches (TACs), are quotas set for most commercial fish stocks that keep the stocks healthy, while allowing the fishing industry to profit from fishing the highest amount of fish. As the size of some key fish stocks is increasing – notably for Norway lobster in Skagerrak/Kattegat, Northern hake and Southern horse mackerel – so is the profitability of the fishing sector, with an estimated EUR 1.4 billion profit for 2018.Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Next year will be a milestone year for European fisheries. Our collective duty is to ensure a good transition to the full landing obligation as of 1st January 2019 while continuing our progress to achieve sustainable fishing by 2020. With this proposal, the Commission puts forward concrete solutions to advance on both fronts.”In order to put an end to the wasteful practice of discarding fish, as of 1st January 2019, the landing obligation will apply fully to all EU fishing fleets. This means that all catches of regulated commercial species taken on-board (including by-catch) are to be landed and counted against each Member States’ respective quotas. In today’s proposal the Commission has already deducted the amounts corresponding to the agreed exemptions to the landing obligation from the advised catches.Substantial progress can be observed in the EU with regards to sustainable fishing: 53 stocks are now fishedat Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels compared to only 5 in 2009 and 44 in 2017. This means that the fishing pressure on the stock is limited to a level that will allow a healthy future for the fish stock’s biomass, while taking into account socioeconomic factors. The Commission is working with Member States to support the fishermen in reaching the objective of having all stocks fished at sustainable levels by 2020, as set by the Common Fisheries Policy.Today’s proposal will be submitted for discussion and decision by the Member States at the December Fisheries Council on 17-18 December in Brussels, to be applied as of 1 January 2019.

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American Veterinarian® Announces Open Registration for the 2018 Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 marzo 2018

American Veterinarian®, the premier multimedia provider of cutting-edge news, research and conference coverage in veterinary medicine, has opened registration for the 2018 Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC) with a special early registration price of $350 for veterinarians, $275 for tech, hospital staff and front office and $95 for students. This year’s conference will take place from Oct. 8-11 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City.
“We are excited by the level of enthusiasm we have received by those interested in attending ACVC,” said Chris Hennessy, publisher of American Veterinarian®. “We look forward to bringing together industry experts to exchange ideas, hold substantive discussions and share knowledge to advance the veterinary field.”Designed as a platform to connect veterinary professionals, the 29th Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference is a three-day educational event that offers more than 200 hours of veterinary continuing education. The event also features leading companies from the veterinary field that will offer products and services to help veterinary professionals practice medicine.
American Veterinarian®, a comprehensive clinical information platform with resources both online and in print, provides companion animal practitioners with comprehensive news and information designed to improve patient outcomes and positively impact the way veterinarians practice. In fulfilling our mission to provide a broader view of medicine that encompasses the intertwined worlds of science, medicine and health, American Veterinarian® features the latest news, clinical updates, product information and conference coverage.

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EU Atlantic Action Plan: 6 billion euro of investments and counting

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 febbraio 2018

The EU’s 2013-2020 Atlantic Action Plan has spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly 6 billion euro of investments so far, according to an independent consultant tasked by the EU to take stock of the initiative at mid-term. Most of the projects target environmental protection and innovation, as well as improved connectivity and social inclusion.
In 2013 the EU launched the Atlantic Action Plan to boost the maritime economy of its five Atlantic States, i.e. Portugal, Spain, France, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and their outermost regions. By mid-2017, hundreds of initiatives had cropped up and started contributing to these goals, says the independent study:
– 500 projects are investing 2.1 billion euro on the environment – from developing marine renewable energy in France to novel biotechnological applications in Portugal
– 500 projects, worth 750 million euro, target innovations like broadband connectivity in remote areas of Scotland, or maritime spatial planning in Macaronesia
– approx. 100 projects invest 2.4 billion euro to improve accessibility and connectivity, mainly by developing port facilities in Spain and Ireland
– approx. 100 projects, worth 360 million euro, promote social inclusion, for example by improving tourism infrastructure in Wales or remote health monitoring in Ireland
The funding comes from a variety of sources: the EU (funds for regional development, R&D and the blue economy), but also the European Investment Bank, national, regional and private sources. The assessment indeed argues that with the Atlantic plan the community of stakeholders in the Atlantic Ocean area has grown stronger and better at raising funds for marine and maritime projects.Some 20 projects, involving 320 international research teams, are not just European but involve our trans-Atlantic neighbours as well, thanks to the Galway statement and the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance between the EU, the US and Canada.The European Commission will use the results of the independent study – and of the public consultation that was held last year – to fuel a discussion with the countries concerned and improve the plan’s performance even further between now and 2020. This could include more specific objectives and key performance indicators to assess results further down the line, and designing more joint cross-border projects, with greater involvement of coastal regions.At a time when the EU is reflecting on the next generation of EU-funded programmes, such a revised Atlantic Action Plan could prove extremely topical and ultimately shape the countries’ blue growth efforts after 2020.

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Ministers agree on fishing catch limits in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 dicembre 2017

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The negotiations were based on the Commission’s proposal for Total Allowable Catches (TAC), presented by Commissioner Karmenu Vella.The agreement will bring 53 catch limits (TACs) to Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels in 2018, 9 more than in 2017. In 2009, only 5 stocks had catches set at MSY.
Commissioner Vella welcomed the outcome: “We are now more than half-way to the 2020 deadline to ensure that all stocks are fished sustainable. With today’s agreement two-thirds of fish in the Atlantic and the North Sea will be subject to sustainable catch limits next year. I would like to pay particular tribute to our fishermen, who year by year undertake considerable efforts. Each year we move closer to our objective of sustainable fisheries and this will bring substantial long term reward.”As the size of some key fish stocks is increasing, so is the profitability of the fishing sector. Today’s agreement on fishing opportunities is worth over €5 billion, benefiting more than 50,000 fishermen.
For the first time at EU level, it was agreed to close eel fisheries for three months during their migration period. Moreover, Member States committed to additional actions to protect the eels throughout its lifecycle and in all sea basins. These measures are crucial, both for the recovery of the stock and to safeguard the communities who depend on this fishery.For sea bass, an improved package was agreed which should allow the stock to start recovering following years of decline. The package recognises the responsibility of commercial and recreational fishermen alike.Sustainable fisheries are at the core of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. It sets a legal obligation to ensure that by 2020 at the latest, all stocks are fished sustainably (MSY). Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels allow the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea while keeping fish stocks healthy.
The European Union is pursuing sustainable fisheries not only in home waters, but worldwide though bilateral partnership agreements and its work in international and regional fisheries management organisations. Sustainable fisheries were also among the key topics at the EU-hosted Our Ocean conference, 5-6 October 2017 in Malta, which generated important private sector engagements to advance sustainable seafood consumption.

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 novembre 2017

european commissionThe Commission presents its proposal for fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and the North Sea for 2018. The Commission proposes quotas for 78 stocks: for 53 stocks the fishing quota is either increased or remains the same and for 25 stocks is reduced.The fishing opportunities, or Total Allowable Catches (TACs), are quotas set for most commercial fish stocks that keep the stocks healthy, while allowing the fishing industry to profit from fishing the highest amount of fish.As the size of some key fish stocks is increasing – notably for sole in the North Sea, northern hake and southern horse mackerel – so is the profitability of the fishing sector, with an estimated EUR 1.5 billion profit for 2017.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “Our fleet is becoming more profitable and that is because some of the EU’s key fish stocks are healthier and more abundant. The perseverance of the fishermen and the responsible fisheries management decisions stand to prove that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand. That being said now is not the time for complacency. We must continue our joint efforts to manage our seas and oceans in a way that works for the environment, for the economy and for future generations.” Today’s proposal will be submitted for discussion and decision by the Member States at the December Fisheries Council (11-12 December in Brussels), to be applied as from 1 January 2018.

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EU discusses international ocean governance with North Atlantic partners

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 luglio 2015

north atlantic oceanWhat is the right framework for the governance of our oceans in the 21st century? What are the challenges ahead and how are North Atlantic fisheries partners responding to those challenges? These are some of the questions that Commissioner Karmenu Vella will raise at the 20th North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference in Malta (16 & 17 July, 2015). “Today I am inviting you to join me in a discussion, not only about fisheries, but also about how we can best manage our oceans and our ocean economy – a sustainable ‘blue economy’. The Atlantic Ocean does not belong to any one of us. It is a shared asset. It is a single ecological system that links the continent of Europe with the Americas and with Africa. Our responsibility is to help build an international system that helps us manage that asset,” Mr Vella will tell his North Atlantic counterparts.Answers will help shape the Commission’s response to its ongoing public consultation on international ocean governance.Participants will also use the meeting to discuss fisheries, in particular how to manage shared fisheries in the North Atlantic.The North Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference (NAFMC) brings together, for informal discussions, ministers of fisheries from the major fishing parties in the North Atlantic, namely the EU, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation. It has been held every year since 1995. This year’s event is hosted by the EU, with Commissioner Vella representing EU member states.

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Mediterranean still heavily overfished as Northeast Atlantic fish stocks recover

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 luglio 2014

Mediterranean SeaFish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic continue their recovery but serious overfishing persists in the Mediterranean Sea. That’s the conclusion of the this year’s report on the state of fish stocks. The document is now open to the views of stakeholders via an online public consultation, before the Commission makes its proposals for the 2015 fishing opportunities this autumn.
For the first time, the Commission could take into account scientific advice for the state of the stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The fish stock data for the Mediterranean show a dismal picture: 96% or more of the Mediterranean bottom-living fish are overfished, and for the middle-water stocks like sardine and anchovy the figure is 71% or more. For the Black Sea, all bottom-living fish and 33% of pelagic stocks are overfished. But there is good news elsewhere, as in the Northeast Atlantic area, and that includes the Baltic and North Seas, overfishing has fallen from 86% (30 stocks overfished out of 35 assessed) in 2009 to 41% (19 out of 46 stocks) in 2014.
“I am very worried how badly things are going in the Mediterranean Sea”, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, said. “Now that scientists have assessed many more fish stocks over the last five years, the time of denial is over: the Mediterranean Sea is heavily overfished. I see a long struggle and hard work ahead: We need to build up the science, adopt regional fishing plans to bring fishing down to sustainable levels. If we do not act now, we will lose the tremendous potential of these resources for future generations. The new Common Fisheries Policy offers an opportunity that we must live up to, and I shall be discussing this with all the Fisheries Ministers in the Mediterranean Member States”. On the situation in the Northeast Atlantic area, Commissioner Damanaki stated: “The successful recovery of fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic proves to me that with the right rules in place, it is possible to bring overfishing to an end. When good science is available, when catches are set at the right level and when – most important of all – the fishermen join in the efforts to protect the stocks, then I am sure we will see further improvements ahead. These are the principles that the reformed Common Fisheries Policy is based on.”

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