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Fisheries: EU and Norway strengthen cooperation for sustainable fishing in the Northeast Arctic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 Maggio 2022

Norway and the EU reached a political understanding in relation to the fisheries in the Northeast Arctic, in ICES subareas 1 and 2. The area concerned includes the waters around the archipelago of Svalbard and the international waters of the Barents Sea. The understanding ensures sustainable fishing in the Northeast Arctic, while also providing certainty for EU fleets fishing in that area.Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “The understanding with Norway reflects our joint commitment to sustainable fishing and highlights what can be achieved when addressing matters of common interest together. We look forward to continuing and further strengthening our joint efforts in the area of fisheries and in this respect I look forward to meeting Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran, the Norwegian Minister for Fisheries, during my upcoming travel to the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø.”Through the understanding, Norway and the EU reiterate their commitment to the continued sustainable management of marine living resources in the Northeast Arctic, in accordance with international law. The understanding allows EU fleets fishing for cod in the waters around the archipelago of Svalbard to continue fishing in line with their historic fishing rights. Norway and the EU will continue setting catch limits applying to EU vessels fishing in Svalbard waters in their legislation, as is the established practice.The understanding furthermore strengthens cooperation on measures in relation to fisheries in the Northeast Arctic, ensuring sustainable fishing. The fisheries covered are fisheries with catches of cod, redfish, haddock and Greenland halibut. The EU and Norway will in this case engage in consultations regarding such measures, and the measures will be set in a coordinated manner.The EU will now engage with Norway to determine the next steps that they will take to implement the actions. The reaching of this agreement also provides the opportunity for Norway and the EU to focus on other issues of common interest in the area of fisheries.

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Fisheries conservation: Reinforced protection for 11 vulnerable sites in the North Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 marzo 2022

The Commission adopted a set of conservation measures to protect six areas defined under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and five Natura 2000 sites in the Danish and Swedish parts of the Kattegat. Based on a joint initiative of Denmark, Sweden and Germany, the action is a positive step towards reducing the impact of fishing activities on the seabed and habitats. The measures ensure protection of sensitive species, will improve the ecological functioning of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) and deliver on the European Green DealSearch for available translations of the preceding and EU’s biodiversity strategy for 2030Search for available translations of the preceding.On the Danish side of the Kattegat, the measures concern six MSFD area and one Natura 2000 area. The measures aim at protecting the soft seabed and reef structures from the impact of mobile bottom contacting gears. On the Swedish side, the measures aim at protecting sensitive species and habitats in four Natura 2000 areas.The measures, which include closures of certain areas to fishing activities, the prohibition of mobile contacting gears in the MSFD and Natura 2000 areas, allowing fishing only with most selective gears in certains areas and reinforced control, received a postive evaluation from scientists from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF).The Commission is pleased to acknowledge the optimal use made by Denmark, Sweden and Germany of Article 11 of the common fisheries policy (CFP)Search for available translations of the preceding stating that fisheries conservation measures should contribute to the EU’s environmental policy. Furthermore, the measures are an example of the positive opportunities offered by regionalisation.

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2022 common fisheries policy and common market organisation reports

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 marzo 2022

All stakeholders, including the fishing industry, non-governmental organisations, academic, scientific, social and economic partners are invited to share their views in the online questionnaire by 14 March 2022 (see link below).The Commission will deliver the reports by the end of 2022, as announced in article 48 of the CFP Regulation and 48 of the CMO Regulation. The objective of the CFP report is to address the functioning of the CFP and look at how we can strengthen its implementation. The CFP Regulation sets out that the implementation of the CFP is guided by the principles of good governance, taking into account regional specificities, through a regionalised approach, as well as appropriate involvement of stakeholders at all stages.The objective of the CMO report is to take stock on the results of application of the CMO Regulation and its legal provisions, such as provisions on professional organisations, information to consumers, the implementation of competition rules, and the collection of common market intelligence.Dialogue with stakeholders has proven to be essential for achieving the objectives of the CFP and of its market pillar, the CMO, and the Commission believes that such dialogue is equally essential during the consultation phase on these reports.Both the CFP and the CMO online questionnaires follow the chapters of the two Regulations. The questionnaires are part of targeted stakeholder consultations, which will help the Commission collect information on the functioning of the CFP and CMO. They are designed to collect information about what does and does not work well, any shortcomings in how the two regulations are implemented, and to highlight good practices, innovative tools and/or processes implemented by stakeholders and Member States. The CFP questionnaire will be the basis for more in-depth discussions at regional level starting in April 2022.To close the consultation process, the Commission will organise a stakeholder event on Friday 10 June 2022.The final reports will also be based on the supporting studies, referred to in the corresponding chapters of the questionnaires, as well as the on-going initiatives and reports in the PECH committee.

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Sustainable fisheries: EU-Norway and EU-Norway-UK conclude key consultations for 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 dicembre 2021

After one month of negotiations, the three parties signed today an agreement, allowing for the joint management of the following stocks: cod, haddock, saithe, whiting, plaice and herring. These are the second consultations in 2021, in this case to set the TACs and quotas for 2022.The agreement on TACs includes a rollover for cod, following the MSY advice for saithe and plaice, and the decision by the three Parties not to use the full advice for haddock and whiting in order to protect cod in mixed fisheries. As a result, the increase for haddock will be +5%, while for whiting it will be +25%, despite a much higher scientific advice for both stocks. The same applies to herring where, despite an advice for +46%, the Parties decided a +20% TAC increase.The parties agreed to continue implementing a range of additional measures to protect North Sea cod, such as area closures and to prioritise control, including enhanced cooperation on control in a trilateral setting.In parallel, the EU and Norway have concluded bilateral consultations for shared stocks in the North Sea, Skagerrak and quota exchanges.Also today, the EU and Norway signed three bilateral agreements relating to the exchanges of quotas, reciprocal access to waters for fishers of the two Parties and quota setting in the Skagerrak and the Kattegat.Both Parties secured an ambitious balance of exchanges of fishing opportunities of major economic interest. Among other stocks, the EU will receive 10,259 tonnes of Arctic cod for 2022, while it will transfer to Norway 31,500 tonnes of blue whiting and 69,623 tonnes of capelin. The Parties renewed the arrangement on reciprocal access for the jointly managed stocks in the North Sea with a slight decrease in the level of access for both Parties. For pelagic stocks, the EU will have access to catch its quota of Norwegian Spring spawning herring in Norwegian waters, while in the case of blue whiting there will be reciprocal access to waters of the other Party to catch up to 114,554 tonnes.Another pilar of the agreement is the management of the different herring TACs in the Skagerrak and the North Sea. In order to protect the Western Baltic herring stock, which mixes with the North Sea herring in the Skagerrak, both the EU and Norway took major decisions to drastically cut the actual herring catches in the Skagerrak through various management measures, while at the same time maintaining the relative stability of quotas and shares between the Parties.Finally, the parties also signed the neighbouring arrangement covering the Swedish fishery in Norwegian waters of the North Sea.

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Fisheries Ministers decide fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and in the Black Seas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 dicembre 2021

For the Mediterranean, the regulation continues the implementation of the EU multiannual management plan for demersal stocks in the Western Mediterranean, adopted in June 2019. It makes use of all the tools available under the plan, to ensure that EU fisheries remain on track to reach maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by 1 January 2025 at the latest.This approach continues the reduction of the trawling fishing effort by 6 % and introduces new management tools in the form of catch limits for deep water shrimps and the establishment of an effort ceiling for long-liners. Catch limits are being introduced for the most overfished deep-water shrimps, for which the scientific advice stated that effort reduction alone would not be sufficient to achieve MSY by 2025. The measures will ensure the reduction of fishing mortality, while minimising the socio-economic impact on the fleets.The regulation also introduces new measures for the management of the small pelagic species and demersal stocks in the Adriatic, adopted by the GFCM in 2021. For small pelagics, the proposal implements, in accordance with the new multiannual management plan, a reduction of catches of 5% for anchovy and 8% for sardines for 2022 and a fishing capacity ceiling. For the Adriatic demersal stocks, the regulation sets the new effort levels with a further reduction of 7% for demersal trawlers and 3% reduction for beam trawlers. These measures will enable a further improvement of the stocks, as confirmed by the latest scientific advice, showing an increase in the biomass of most stocks subject to the plan.The regulation continues the implementation of 2018 and 2019 GFCM measures for deep water shrimp stocksSearch for available translations of the preceding in the Ionian and Levant Seas and the Strait of Sicily, common dolphinfish, European eel, red coral and blackspot seabream. For the Black Sea, the quotas for turbot and sprat remain at the 2021 level.

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Sustainable fisheries: Commission signs first ever annual agreement on fishing with the United Kingdom

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 giugno 2021

The Commission has today signed the Written Record, laying down the details of the agreement in principle reached between Commissioner Sinkevičius and his UK counterpart on 2 June 2021, after the Council meeting this morning in Luxembourg had endorsed the agreement.This agreement reflects the outcome of the first annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the terms of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA).The agreement on the management of key shared stocks secures the fishing rights of both the EU and the UK fleets in both the EU and the UK waters until the end of 2021, as foreseen under the TCA. It establishes the total allowable catches (TAC) for 75 shared fish stocks for 2021, as well as for some deep-sea stocks for 2021 and 2022.The agreement is based on the best available scientific advice on the state of fish stocks, as provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). It takes into account important sustainability and management principles, such as maximum sustainable yield and the precautionary approach, which are central to both the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy and to the fisheries provisions of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Overall, the agreement creates certainty for fishing communities in both the EU and the UK, enables the continued pursuit of still more sustainable use of marine living resources and establishes a strong basis for continued EU-UK cooperation in the area of fisheries.

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6.1 billion EUR for sustainable fisheries and safeguarding fishing communities

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 dicembre 2020

EU legislators reached a provisional agreement on how EU countries will be able to spend funds allocated to fisheries and aquaculture for 2021-2027.The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) for the period 2021-2027 amounts to 6.1 billion EUR (6.108 billion EUR in current prices). 5.3 billion EUR will be allocated for the management of fisheries, aquaculture and fishing fleets, while the remaining sum will cover measures such as scientific advice, controls and checks, market intelligence, maritime surveillance and security.Member states will have to spend at least 15% of the money on efficient fisheries control and enforcement, including fighting against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. In line with the Green Deal, actions under the fund will contribute to the overall budget objective to dedicate 30% of funds to climate action.If fishermen’s activities cease permanently, they can be supported to scrap or decommission a vessel. In order to receive compensation, the equivalent fishing capacity is permanently removed from the EU fishing fleet register and the beneficiary must not register any fishing vessel within five years of receiving support.If fishing activities cease temporarily, fishermen may be granted compensation for a maximum duration of 12 months per vessel or per fisherman during the programming period.Member states will need to take into account the specific needs of small-scale coastal fishing, including simplifying administrative requirements. Also, first acquisition of a fishing vessel or partial ownership (of at least 33%) can be funded if the fisherman is no more than 40 years of age and has worked for at least five years as a fisherman or has acquired the equivalent qualification.Fishermen can purchase small-scale coastal vessels (total length less than 12 meters) that have been registered for three years or vessels up to 24 meters that have been registered for five years.Small-scale vessels may also receive support to replace or modernise engines if the new or modernised engine does not have more power in kW than that of their current engine.A fishing vessel that is not longer than 24 meters and older than 10 years can have its gross tonnage increased if this results in significant improvements, such as renovating accommodation and other facilities for the well-being of the crew, better on-board fire prevention and safety systems, increased energy efficiency or lower CO2 emissions.

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The Commission assesses the data collection framework for sustainable fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2020

In a recent report, the Commission assesses the implementation and functioning of DCF. The report presents the main players, tools and activities covered by the legislation since 2017. It stresses the operations and important features of the DCF, such as the end-user driven approach and the importance of the regionalisation of data collection. It also provides details on the level of implementation of the DCF.The DCF sets out a harmonised approach for collection of biological, environmental, technical and socio-economic data by EU countries for the fishing, aquaculture and processing sectors. Article 23 stipulates that the Commission shall submit a report on the implementation and functioning of the regulation to the European Parliament and the Council.The report concludes that DCF provides the appropriate structure, tools and flexibility for data collection in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors, allowing them to respond to new challenges. The focus for the coming years should be on continued cooperation with EU countries and at regional level on solidifying the implementation of the regulation, including on addressing upcoming challenges (such as on sensitive species), addressing evolving data needs (as identified by end-users), streamlining and simplifying processes, and improving methods (such as integrating results of pilot studies and regional grants). The renewal of the delegated and implementing legislation beyond 2021 will play an important role in this process.

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Fisheries: EU reaches provisional agreement on reducing fishing fleet in the Baltic with support from EU funds

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 ottobre 2020

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a provisional agreement on legislation that would allow fishermen and -women affected by the dire condition of certain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea to leave the fishing sector with the financial support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), received under specific conditions. The agreement concerns specifically vessel owners in affected Member States wishing to permanently decommission their vessels that used to target eastern cod or that are active in the western cod and herring fishery. The difficult situation of the two Baltic cod fisheries and the western Baltic herring fishery has resulted in substantial reductions of fishing opportunities and the full closure of targeted eastern Baltic cod fishery since July 2019 and the Commission has proposed further reductions of fishing opportunities for 2021.While these decisions were necessary to give the fisheries a chance to recover, they could also potentially result in severe and unavoidable economic hardship for the fishing communities and fleets traditionally targeting those stocks. At the Council meeting of 14-15 October 2019, the Commission and fisheries ministers and agreed to help the fishermen and -women most affected by this economically difficult situation. In October 2019, the Commission swiftly adopted a proposal to modify the relevant legislation. The agreement reached yesterday will address the potentially severe economic impact of these necessary measures. It comes only a few days before the Our Baltic conference, which will tackle the environmental factors affecting the Baltic Sea, such as biodiversity loss and climate change, eutrophication, overfishing and pollution. The European Parliament and the Council both need to confirm this agreement in the coming weeks.

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Sustainable fisheries: Cooperation with Mauritania continues

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 8 agosto 2020

The fisheries partnership agreement with Mauritania is the biggest mixed agreement for the EU both in financial terms and in terms of fishing opportunities. Under the current framework with Mauritania, the EU fleet is authorized to fish in Mauritanian waters for shrimp, demersal fish, tuna and small pelagics, up to around 287,000 tonnes per year. In addition to the fees paid by the European fleet, the EU pays a financial contribution of €61,625,000 per year, including over €4,000,000 to support the fisheries policy in Mauritania, in particular the improvement of research and fisheries governance.Despite intentions to agree a new protocol, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the initial planning for the negotiations. The parties considered a one-year extension of the current protocols to be the most pragmatic approach to avoid interruption in the activity of Union fishing vessels in Mauritanian waters. The extensions will be on the same terms as the current ones, with identical fishing opportunities for EU vessels as well as identical financial contributions from both the European Union and the ship-owners. Meanwhile, negotiations for a new agreement and protocol will continue with a view to the adoption of a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement, before the expiration of the agreed extension.

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E.U.: Sustainable fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 luglio 2020

The Commission adopted its annual communication taking stock of the implementation of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and launched a public consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2021.
The communication reaffirms the Commission’s commitment to environmentally sustainable and economically viable fisheries, a key component of both the biodiversity and farm-to-fork strategies. Progress made under the common fisheries policy demonstrates that sustainability is both attainable and economically viable. Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, responsible for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “The first months of this year have been extremely challenging for the fisheries sector, but targeted measures adopted very swiftly allowed us to provide effective support to our fishermen and women, our aquaculture farmers and our coastal communities across the EU. We need to further strengthen the resilience of the fisheries sector. Sustainable fisheries, delivered through the common fisheries policy, remain a key factor in this regard and an important building block of the European Green Deal, in particular of the recently published farm-to-fork and EU biodiversity strategy 2030. We continue to see positive developments in how we manage fisheries in the EU – recent reports show that we have 50% more fish in our seas than in 2003. At the same time, as figures show, large fleet segments have become very profitable over the last years with a positive impact on salaries. These are promising real-life examples to guide us on our path in turning the European Green Deal into a lasting reality. But it’s not a time for complacency. Many challenges remain. For example, we need to intensify our efforts to eliminate discards. I am counting on everyone to make an effort – Members States, industry and stakeholders alike. We must deliver what we have set out to achieve.”Member States, Advisory Councils, the fishing industry, non-governmental organisations, and interested citizens are invited to take part in a public consultation and express their views on the fishing opportunities for 2021.

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EU adopts emergency aid for fisheries and aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 Maggio 2020

The European Commission welcomes the quick adoption by the European Parliament, with the Council following very soon, of its initiative to modify the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to mitigate the impact of coronavirus on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius said: “In these extraordinary times, our citizens count on our help, now more than ever. The market disruption caused by this crisis has hit European fisheries and aquaculture sectors particularly hard. Jobs, communities and food security are at stake. This is why it was important for us to act together, swiftly and effectively, and help our fisheries sector.”Part of the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative Plus, these exceptional measures include support for the temporary cessation of fishing activities due to coronavirus, financial compensations to aquaculture farmers and to processing enterprises, specific measures for the outermost regions and support to producer organisations for the storage of fishery and aquaculture products. Additional amendments to the EMFF Regulation allow for more flexible reallocation of financial resources within the operational programmes of each Member State and a simplified procedure for amending operational programmes with respect to the introduction of the new measures. Operations supported under the temporary coronavirus-related measures will be retroactively eligible as of 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020. Therefore, Member States can already start selecting and supporting these operations.

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Coronavirus response: EU enables Member States to support hard-hit fisheries sector

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 aprile 2020

Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “Our fishermen and women and our aquaculture farmers are among the first to suffer the economic consequences of Coronavirus, as the demand for seafood has experienced a dramatic slump. But let me say it loud and clear: the European Union stands with you through this crisis. Together, we will ensure that the EU maintains a strong seafood industry and thriving coastal communities, now and in the future.”The demand for seafood is experiencing a dramatic downturn, as retailers, restaurants, canteens and other large-scale buyers are reducing or temporarily closing down their activities. Moreover, the seafood industry depends on logistics such as landing facilities, transport and storage, which may also be affected by the evolving crisis.The Temporary Framework will enable Member States to make support available, in the form of grants or tax advantages, to operators facing a sudden shortage or unavailability of liquidity. In many cases, this can mean the difference between permanently closing activities and long-term survival of healthy businesses and thousands of jobs. Upon notification of the measures by the Member State, the Commission has put in place procedures to enable very swift assessment and decision-making. The impact of these measures on coastal areas goes well beyond the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Also companies in the wider blue economy – from biotech to tourism – will benefit, as worsening economic conditions and restrictions on movement will be felt across the Union over the coming weeks and months.Aid can be granted until 31 December 2020 to undertakings that face difficulties as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
These aid measures are fully in line with the EU’s common fisheries policy, which promotes sustainable use of ocean resources. Aid is not applicable to activities explicitly excluded from the de minimis aid in the fishery and aquaculture sector.

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Coronavirus response: Further EU support to fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 aprile 2020

The package includes support for the temporary cessation of fishing activities due to coronavirus, support to aquaculture farmers for the suspension of production and additional costs, and support to producer organisations for the storage of fishery and aquaculture products. Additional amendments to the EMFF Regulation allow for more flexible reallocation of financial resources within the operational programmes of each Member State and a simplified procedure for amending operational programmes with respect to the introduction of the new measures.Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “Europe’s fishermen and aquaculture farmers are used to fighting the elements. But the coronavirus is a different kind of storm. The Commission therefore proposes a range of targeted actions addressing the urgent challenges that our seafood community faces. These measures will help protecting thousands of jobs in the EU’s coastal regions and maintaining food security.” With fishers forced to stay in port and fish farmers facing the prospect of having to dispose of unused products, these temporary and targeted measures will serve to provide immediate aid during this difficult situation. The Commission has also acted with a view to fostering greater market stability, mitigating the risk of having high-value seafood products wasted or redirected to non-human food purposes, and helping to absorb the impact of the crisis on the return on products.Provided that the Commission proposal is adopted by the Council and the European Parliament without amendments, expenditure for operations supported under the specific coronavirus-related measures will be retroactively eligible as of 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020. The supported operations must comply with the eligibility conditions established in the regulation. Therefore, Member States can already start selecting and supporting these operations.

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Fisheries in the North Sea and North Western Waters: Landing obligation not respected

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 febbraio 2020

The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has published three compliance evaluation reports on the implementation of the landing obligation. These reports confirm that non-compliance with the landing obligation has been widespread in the North Sea and North Western Waters for specific fisheries during the evaluation period (2015 to 2017). The failure to enforce the landing obligation is a matter of serious concern to the European Commission and jeopardises the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which includes ensuring the long-term environmental sustainability of fishing activities and the gradual elimination of discards.
The reports also note that traditional control tools (e.g. inspections at sea) have proven to be ineffective at enforcing the landing obligation and that the introduction of remote electronic monitoring (REM), incorporating closed-circuit television systems on board fishing vessels, would provide an appropriate solution. The necessity of REM controls to enforce the landing obligation is reflected in the European Commission’s proposal for a revised Fisheries Control System and by the EFCA Technical guidelines and specifications for the implementation of Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) in EU fisheries.The European Commission takes the findings of the EFCA compliance evaluation reports very seriously and will continue working closely with Member States to ensure that appropriate measures are adopted to effectively control and enforce the landing obligation.

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EU and Norway reach agreement on the fisheries arrangements for 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 dicembre 2019

The parties signed two bilateral arrangements and a neighboring arrangement following three rounds of negotiations in November and December.. The bilateral arrangements cover the North Sea and the Atlantic, and Skagerrak and Kattegat, whilst the neighbouring arrangement covers the Swedish fishery in Norwegian waters of the North Sea.The EU and Norway have agreed on quotas for the jointly-managed fish stocks in the North Sea (cod, haddock, plaice, whiting, herring, and saithe) and Skagerrak (cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, shrimp, herring and sprat), as well as an exchange of reciprocal fishing possibilities.In the North Sea, 5 out of 6 stocks jointly-managed with Norway have been set in line with the ICES scientific advices, at maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels. This results in quota reductions in 2020 for saithe (-15%) and whiting (-13%), but increases in haddock (+23%) and plaice (+17%). A roll-over was set for herring.Concerning the North Sea cod stock, the EU had advocated for a strict application of the MSY approach for 2020, which would have resulted in a 61% TAC decrease. Unfortunately, the TAC was set at 17.679 tonnes (50% less than in 2019), a less ambitious decrease than the EU had hoped for. The two parties have however agreed to implement a range of additional measures, such as closures of areas and measures to protect adult and juvenile cod during the year. The EU will also implement a specific control and inspection programme to further reduce catches of juveniles.The EU and Norway also agreed to roll-over last year’s agreement on quota exchanges. In particular, the EU received over 21,518 tonnes of Arctic cod. These agreed arrangements will ensure continuation of fishing operations for both Parties in each other’s waters from 1 January 2020.

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Seminar on Fisheries Science 2019: science and research for the next decade

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 settembre 2019

On September 20th, the European Commission is organising the annual Seminar on Fisheries Science dedicated to exploring the research needs and priorities in the field of fisheries for the next decade.
The half-day event in Brussels will bring together representatives from a wide range of stakeholders in the common fisheries policy, such as scientists and researchers, NGOs, the fishing industry, representatives from the European Parliament, the Council and Member States, and from different Directorates General of the European Commission.
The programme of the seminar includes presentations on fisheries research projects carried out under research framework programmes and other Commission funded instruments. Scientists involved in these projects will shine a light on the outcomes, lessons learnt and recommendations from their work. There will also be a panel discussion, featuring various stakeholders, dedicated to exploring the future prospects of fisheries, marine science and research. Panellists will identify priority areas for future research and debate how to ensure the findings are reflected in policy making. The 2019 Seminar on Fisheries Science is very relevant in the context of the preparation for the implementation of Horizon Europe, the next EU research and innovation programme.

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Brexit preparedness: Fisheries – Questions and answers

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that unless a ratified withdrawal agreement1 establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) (‘the withdrawal date’). The United Kingdom will then become a ‘third country’.
In view of the considerable uncertainties, in particular concerning the content of a possible withdrawal agreement, all stakeholders processing personal data are reminded of legal repercussions, which need to be considered when the United Kingdom becomes a third country. Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, as of the withdrawal date, the EU rules for transfer of personal data to third countries apply. Aside from an “adequacy decision”, which allows the free flow of personal data from the EU without the EU data exporter having to implement any additional safeguards or being subject to further conditions, the EU’s data protection rules (both under the current Directive 95/46 and under the new General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, “GDPR” – which will apply as from 25 May 2018) allow a transfer if the controller or processor has provided “appropriate safeguards”. These safeguards may be provided for by:
1 Negotiations are ongoing with the United Kingdom with a view to reaching a withdrawal agreement.
2 Furthermore, in accordance with Article 50(3) of the Treaty on European Union, the European Council, in agreement with the United Kingdom, may unanimously decide that the Treaties cease to apply at a later date.
3 A third country is a country not member of the EU.
4 For the continued application of EU safeguards of personal data processed while the United Kingdom was a Member State, the Commission has published an essential principles paper here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/publications/position-paper-use-data-and-protection-informationobtained-or-processed-withdrawal-date_en.
Preparing for the withdrawal is not just a matter for EU and national authorities but also for private parties. As regards the implementation of the GDPR, and in particular the new tools for transfers to third countries (e.g. approved Codes of Conduct and approved certification mechanisms entailing binding commitments by the controllers and processors receiving the data in the third country), the Commission (DG JUST) is working with interested parties and data protection authorities to make the best use of these new instruments. Moreover, the Commission has set up a stakeholder group comprised of industry, civil society and academics, in which this topic will be discussed.

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EU and Canada conclude ocean partnership agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

The partnership agreement includes clear commitments to combatting the negative effects of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fisheries, marine pollution and climate change. It will also help to facilitate the sustainable development of marine and maritime sectors and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly the Sustainable Development Goal 14.Cooperation on global ocean governance. This partnership is a major step forward and sets out general lines for future collaboration in areas such as:
the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in the high seas;
the fight against marine pollution, including marine plastic litter and micro-plastics;
the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change as relevant to the oceans;
the prevention of unregulated commercial fishing in the central Arctic;
the strengthening of ocean governance in regional and global forums;
the promotion of safe and decent living and working conditions at sea;
the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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EU promotes sustainable fisheries in the Mediterranean at high-level conference on MedFish4Ever initiatives

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 giugno 2019

The countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea will meet in Marrakech, Morocco, for the high-level conference of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean on restoring healthy fisheries in this important sea basin.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, who is representing the Commission at the conference, said: “Fisheries are a source of food and livelihoods for thousands in the Mediterranean. This is why two years ago, together with our partners, we delivered the MedFish4Ever Declaration setting political commitments to turn around the struggling and critical state of most fish stocks. We have made significant and concrete progress towards delivering our ambition to achieve sustainable fisheries. We must keep up the direction and the speed, committing to do even more in the coming years”.Adopted in 2017, the Declaration sets in motion a new drive towards sustainable development of Mediterranean fisheries and aquaculture. Riparian countries have committed to a roadmap with concrete actions for the coming 10 years, and significant progress has since been achieved, including ambitious fisheries management measures, protection of biodiversity, improved research and control, and a stepped-up fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). All these achievements were possible thanks to close regional cooperation as well as to the reinforced capacities in the EU and in the neighbouring countries of the Mediterranean region. Despite improvements in fisheries management, the Mediterranean remains in a critical state and further action is urgently needed to secure the future of fishing communities. In order not to lose momentum, the high-level conference will take stock of the common achievements and renew the commitment to live up to the full promises of MedFish4Ever.

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