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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

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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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2018, a year of many achievements for the European Fisheries Control Agency

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

EFCA performed 26,922 coordinated inspections, a 28% increase compared to 2017. 714 suspected infringements, 15% less than in 2017, were detected, mostly concerning non-compliance with recording obligations and technical measures.At international level, EFCA has assisted the European Union in cooperating with developing countries and international fisheries organisations to help combat illegal fishing. In 2018, the five-year EU funded development project PESCAO kicked off, aiming to improve the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing in Western Africa, contributing to sustainable fisheries management and the reduction of food insecurity in the region. As part of this project, EFCA provides technical assistance to thirteen countries in the area.
Moreover, EFCA assisted the Commission in its cooperation with the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (NAFO, NEAFC, ICCAT and GFCM), to strengthen the operational coordination and compliance. As stated in the MEDFISH4EVER Declaration, EFCA has continued to cooperate with third countries in the Mediterranean to promote an effective level playing field in the area.Providing trainings is an important part of EFCA’s work with 1,496 inspectors and experts from EU and third countries participating in training events and e-learning in 2018.To support the national authorities in their coast guard functions, EFCA hosted the first Annual European Coast Guard event in La Toja, Spain. The event brought together experts from other European agencies, such as EMSA and Frontex to identify ways to better cooperate and support Member States performing coast guard functions.

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Fisheries: Commission welcomes adoption of new technical conservation measures

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

The new rules, in line with the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Commission’s Better Regulation agenda, streamline the technical measures guiding how, where and when fishermen may fish, as well as determining the type of gear, catch composition and ways to deal with accidental catches.The Regulation simplifies the existing technical conservation measures that over the years have become highly complex. It includes provisions for the protection of the marine ecosystem and marine habitats. The new rules confirm the EU’s strong commitment to sustainable fisheries by introducing additional measures to avoid by-catches of non-commercial and sensitive species.This new Regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication, which will take place after the necessary steps in the Council and the signature by the Council and the European Parliament.

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European Parliament votes in favour of EU-Morocco fisheries partnership

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 marzo 2019

The European Parliament has given its consent to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Morocco. This agreement, valid for 4 years, allocates fishing opportunities for the EU in exchange for an overall financial contribution of € 208 million euros. A substantial part of this contribution will be used to promote the sustainable development of the fisheries economy in Morocco and the Western Sahara.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “The agreement with Morocco that the European Parliament endorsed today is good news for fishers on both sides of the Mediterranean. It is a real partnership in which both sides will benefit economically, contributing at the same time to more sustainable fishing.” Bilateral fisheries relations between the EU and Morocco go back a long way: the first agreement dates from as early as 1995. At that time, it was by far the most important fisheries agreement between the EU and a third country. Today, the EU has nine such bilateral agreements in force, which allow the EU fleet to fish surplus stocks that are not being fished by local fishermen. At the same time, these agreements support the partner countries by strengthening their administrative and scientific capacity through a focus on sustainable fisheries management, monitoring, control and surveillance.This agreement with Morocco is good news for European fishers. For the coming four years, around 130 vessels from up to 10 EU Member States will be allowed to the fishing grounds of Morocco and Western Sahara to catch tuna, demersal and small pelagic fish such as sardines, mackerel and anchovies.In exchange, the EU will pay a sum of €208 million euros, part compensation to access the fishing zone, part contribution to sectoral fishing support and part fees payable by ship-owners. This financial input will directly contribute to the sustainable development of Morocco’s, and Western Sahara’s fisheries sector. A Joint Committee will plan and monitor the use of these sectoral support funds.The Agreement is also politically important, as it helps maintaining constructive relations with an essential partner of the EU in the framework of our Neighbourhood policy. The new protocol fully takes into account the EU’s Court of Justice Resolution of February 2018 on the Western Sahara consideration.

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Joint fisheries surveillance operation organised in West Africa in the framework of the EU project PESCAO

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 marzo 2019

In the framework of the EU cooperation PESCAO project, a joint fisheries surveillance operation to detect illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing was just undertaken, the operation Alexandre Baptista. Under the coordination of the Subregional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and with the technical and human support from EFCA, the joint operation brokered cooperation between Mauritania, Cabo Verde and Senegal. With the Coordination Centre in Senegal, representatives from all participating countries collected and exchanged fisheries information data.The five-year EU funded PESCAO project, includes a component aiming to improve the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities in Western Africa, contributing to sustainable fisheries management and the reduction of food insecurity in the region.As part of this project, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) provides technical assistance to the SRFC and their member countries in order to improve regional cooperation in the fight against IUU fishing. The EFCA supported the operation through the deployment of one EFCA official in the Coordination Centre. The deployment of an expert from EFCA in one of the fishing patrol vessels also allowed sharing best practices and experiences.During this operation, participating countries have shared information from the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and other fisheries data to get a full picture of the area of operations. With this broader surveillance picture, the fishing patrol vessels were sent to where illegal activities were suspected. There were 36 inspections at sea that resulted in the detection of a number of potential non-compliances including non-conform documentation and the use of illegal gear. The cases and investigations will be followed up by the competent national authorities.

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European Commission adopts two contingency proposals to help mitigate impact of “no-deal” Brexit on EU fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 gennaio 2019

Given the continued uncertainty in the UK surrounding the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement, the Commission has today adopted two legislative proposals to help mitigate the significant impact that a “no-deal” Brexit would have on EU fisheries.This is part of the Commission’s ongoing preparedness and contingency work and will help ensure a coordinated EU-wide approach in such a scenario. The first proposal is to allow fishermen and operators from EU Members States to receive compensation under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for the temporary cessation of fishing activities. This will help off-set some of the impact of a sudden closure of UK waters to EU fishing vessels in a no-deal scenario.The second proposal amends the Regulation on the Sustainable Management of the External Fleets. The aim of this proposal is to ensure that the EU is in a position to grant UK vessels access to EU waters until the end of 2019, on the condition that EU vessels are also granted reciprocal access to UK waters. The proposal also provides for a simplified procedure to authorise UK vessels to fish in EU waters and EU vessels to fish in UK waters – should the UK grant that access. This proposal is limited to 2019 and is based on the agreement in the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of 17 and 18 December 2018 on the fishing opportunities for 2019. These contingency measures cannot mitigate the overall impact of a “no-deal” scenario, nor do they in any way replicate the full benefits of EU membership or the terms of any transition period, as provided for in the Withdrawal Agreement. They are limited to these specific areas where it is absolutely necessary to protect the vital interests of the EU and where preparedness measures on their own are not sufficient. As a rule, they will be temporary in nature, limited in scope and adopted unilaterally by the EU.
These proposals are subject to the co-decision procedure. The Commission will work with the European Parliament and the Council to ensure the adoption of the proposed legislative acts so that they are in force by 29 March 2019.

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Progress on fisheries management in the South Pacific Ocean

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 gennaio 2019

The 7th annual meeting of the Commission of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), hosted by the European Union in The Hague, The Netherlands, concluded with good progress made on fisheries issues, compliance and the fight against IUU fishing.
The SPRFMO adopted a new bottom fisheries framework based on a spatial management approach, which will ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of deep-sea fishery resources. The EU has successfully negotiated that the new framework will prevent negative impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems and that management approach and measures will be timely reviewed.The EU has set aside 150 000 euros to support the newly adopted regional Observer Programme, which ensures that observers deployed in the Convention Area meet agreed minimum standards.Agreement was also reached on EU proposals to strengthen compliance and reinforce the fight against IUU fishing, notably by taking action against nationals involved in IUU fishing activities and aligning port inspection provisions with the FAO Port State Measures Agreement. Moreover, the SPRFMO also adopted an EU proposal to prevent marine plastic pollution.Despite these positive developments, the EU regrets that no progress could be made on its proposals on the cross-listing of IUU vessels and on transhipment. Also disappointing is the failure of the SPRFMO to establish its own high seas boarding and inspection procedures for the Convention Area.The EU is concerned by the limited financial resources put at the disposal of the SPRFMO. The EU calls on all SPRFMO members to consider increasing their contribution to the SPRFMO budget to ensure that the SPRFMO has the means to fulfil its mandate.

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Multi-annual fisheries management plan for the Western Waters

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 dicembre 2018

The European Commission welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the Council on a multi-annual plan for fisheries in the Western waters. The agreement will help restore and maintain stocks at sustainable levels, while ensuring social and economic viability for the fishermen operating in the region. Commissioner Karmenu Vella stated: “I am very pleased with today’s political agreement, as it signals the EU’s determination to protect the future of our fisheries in the Western Waters on the long term. We have already seen an increasing number of stocks being fished sustainably in this sea basin. This has translated into higher income for the fishing industry and the local communities. With this multi-annual plan, we continue towards our goal to reach sustainable fisheries for all stocks, with solutions that are adapted to the specific needs of the fishermen in the Western Waters.” During yesterday’s trilogue, the EU co-legislators have reached an agreement on the Commission’s proposal from March 2018. The plan concerns the fleets of Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the UK in this part of the Atlantic Ocean and its adjacent waters.Thanks to joint EU efforts over recent years, many of the fish stocks in western waters are already being fished sustainably. For these stocks, the multi-annual plan will enable Member State Groups to recommend measures tailored to their particular fisheries. This will ensure both economic growth and continued sustainability. For other stocks, the plan will support recovery efforts to ensure that they are fished sustainably in the coming years.
Today’s multi-annual plan is the third one adopted in line with the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), after the Baltic Sea (2016) and the North Sea (2018). The Commission proposals for a multiannual plan for the Adriatic Sea and the Western Mediterranean are still being discussed by the co-legislators. Under the CFP, multi-annual plans should contribute to achieving fishing at sustainable levels. They may also contain measures to implement the landing obligation, technical measures, as well as safeguards for remedial action where needed.

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Clean Ocean Energy: 2 new projects to share €1.5 million from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

The European Commission has selected two new projects on clean ocean energy for funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).While the first tidal farms in European waters are being deployed and more and more devices are being tested in water, the idea of obtaining clean energy through the oceans’ waves is also gaining ground. As with all new developments, however, we need to collect data, develop models and thoroughly understand the possible impacts of the new technologies on the marine environment. To this aim the European Commission has just granted over 1.5 million euros worth of support to two new international projects, which will help understand the interaction between the future devices and the ecosystems. The results will provide guidance to the countries’ national authorities, which will one day be called upon to grant access to maritime space and consent ocean energy farms. This kind of research is one of the critical recommendations of the Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap: Building Ocean Energy for Europe and will help reduce environmental risks when licensing future commercial operations.

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Future EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 giugno 2018

EU Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will be at the Council in Luxembourg to present and discuss the Commission’s ‘Policy Statement’ setting the stage for the proposals that will come later for fishing opportunities for 2019 as well as the recent legislative proposals on a revision of the European fisheries control system and a Regulation for a new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.Ministers are expected to have an exchange of views on the Policy Statement. This annual Communication sets out the rational for the subsequent Commission proposals on the fishing opportunities for 2019. Progress made next year will be crucial for achieving the EU’s objective of securing sustainable fisheries in its waters. This will include the full phasing in of the landing obligation, requiring fishermen to land all catches to stop the wasteful practice of throwing unwanted fish back in the sea. Until end of August, a public consultation invites Member States, Advisory Councils, other stakeholders and citizens to comment on the Commission Communication. In the autumn, the Commission will table its proposals for fishing opportunities, based on independent scientific advice. The Council will then aim at a final agreement in its meeting of October (fishing opportunities for the Baltic), November (fishing opportunities for the deep-sea) and December (fishing opportunities for the Atlantic, the North Sea and the Black Sea).Commissioner Vella will also present the recent proposal to improve, modernise and simplify the way in which fishing rules are monitored and enforced in the EU. An effective control system is central to ensuring that fisheries are managed sustainably, guaranteeing the long-term viability of the EU fishing sector and protecting the livelihoods of our fishermen. Ministers will have a first exchange of views on the proposed revision, which wants to make control more efficient to the benefit of EU fisheries. The fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing will benefit from improved enforcement of fisheries rules across the EU.Finally, a preliminary exchange of views will take place among ministers on the Commission’s proposal for the next European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), recently tabled following the adoption of the EU’s long-term Budget for the Future (2021-2027). The new EMFF will continue to support the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, ensuring that fishing activities are environmentally sustainable in the long-term and that the sector generates economic, social and employment benefits. Particular attention will be paid to small-scale fishermen. EMFF will also support unleashing the growth potential of a sustainable blue economy towards a more prosperous future for coastal communities. For the first time, the Fund will contribute to strengthening international ocean governance for safer, cleaner, more secure, and sustainably managed seas and oceans. Finally, the Commission is reinforcing the environmental impact of the Fund with a focus on protecting marine ecosystems and underpinning climate change mitigation and adaptation, in line with the commitments agreed under the Paris Agreement.

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Fisheries: EU fish-processing sector passes fitness check with flying colours

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 giugno 2018

The fish-processing sector in the EU is in rather good shape, according to the latest Economic Report of the EU Fish Processing sector. The report compiles several sets of raw economic data to analyse the overall performance of the sector in 2015. The resulting figures speak for themselves. The sector’s turnover, which had been on the rise since 2008, came very close to the €30 billion mark. Its gross value added, i.e. its contribution to the economy through wages and gross profit, was nearly €6 billion. Total employment remained relatively stable over the 2008-2015 period, totalling 126,413 people in 2015 – 45% of which were women. Over the same period wages increased by 22% and the average annual salary was €30,133 per full time equivalent.Commenting on the report, Commissioner Vella said: “It’s great to see that our processing sector is doing well – in terms of product quality, staff remuneration and contribution to our economy. Further proof that with the good health of the living resources comes a dynamic maritime economy”.The Economic Report of the EU Fish Processing sector 2017 is obtained from economic data provided by Member States authorities. It is the result of a joint analysis work by economists of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee of Fisheries (STECF), the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

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New EU plan to promote sustainable fisheries in western waters

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 marzo 2018

The European Commission proposed a multi-annual plan for fish stocks in the western waters, concerning the fleet of Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the UK in the Atlantic Ocean. The proposal aims at restoring and maintaining stocks at sustainable levels, while ensuring social and economic viability for the fishermen operating in the region.
Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella said: “Today’s proposal for a multi-annual plan for the western waters aims to sustain our quest for social, economic and environmental sustainability in the long term in this very important sea basin. With an increasing number of stocks in western waters fished sustainably, we have seen incomes for fishermen and their families increase. This plan will enable us to continue the positive development towards sustainable fisheries, with solutions that are adapted to the specific need of the fishermen.”The plan covers demersal fish stocks, i.e. fish that live and feed at the bottom of the seabed. These species bring a significant income to the fisheries sector. In 2018, the fishing opportunities for western waters are set at more than 400 000 tonnes under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.The main elements of the proposal include:
– Simplifying fisheries management under one main regulatory framework, and repealing current plans in place for sole in the Western channel and Bay of Biscay, northern hake and southern hake and Iberian Nephrops.
– while fully respecting the 2020 objective of Fmsy the plan will allow a certain flexibility in setting the fishing opportunities, where such a flexibility is needed in order to manage for example mixed fisheries. This flexibility, known as ‘ranges of Fmsy’, is proposed as the management method for the most commercially important demersal stocks – the target stocks: e.g. northern and southern hake, cod, haddock and whiting in the Celtic Sea, sole in the Bay of Biscay
– Following the precautionary approach for bycatch stocks, taking into account mixed fisheries
– Allowing provisions for the landing obligation and technical conservation measures to be put forward by the South Western Waters Advisory Council and the South Western Waters MS Group for their particular fisheries as well as by the North Western Waters Advisory Council and the North Western Waters MS Group for the fisheries that concern them most
Today’s proposal will facilitate the achievement of the twin objectives of the Common fisheries policy: of reaching Fmsy in 2020 and the full implementation of the landing obligation by 2019.
The Commission’s proposal is now submitted for discussion to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

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EU strengthens fisheries conservation and control in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 marzo 2018

The Commission has proposed to transpose a number of measures previously agreed at international level into EU law.Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella said:”Today’s proposal is another step towards achieving the common objectives that we set out in the MedFish4ever Declaration from 2017. This proposal aims to restore and preserve healthy fishing stocks. This is how we keep the jobs that depend on fisheries.” The measures adopted in the framework of General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) cover, inter alia, a joint inspection and surveillance scheme for the Strait of Sicily and management plans for Turbot in the Black sea, Red coral in the Mediterranean and Blackspot seabream in the Alboran Sea. The measures also set out new fishing restricted areas in the Adriatic Sea and the Strait of Sicily.

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BiH joins 15 Mediterranean countries under EU strategy for safeguarding Mediterranean fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 gennaio 2018

eu delegationMinister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Mirko Šarović signed today the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, a multilateral strategy, proposed by the European Union, for safeguarding the future of the Mediterranean fishermen and coastal communities. Over 300,000 persons are directly employed on fishing vessels in the Mediterranean, whilst many more indirect jobs depend on the sector.This Declaration represents a practical example of EU’s neighbourhood policy, and has so far been signed by the European Commission and 15 northern and southern Mediterranean coastline states. The Declaration sets out common objectives for the next ten years, based on ambitious, but realistic targets. The Declaration provides for joint commitment and ownership of the process of cooperation on this major endeavour of returning fisheries to sustainable levels in order to secure jobs and growth across the Mediterranean.The EU welcomes Bosnia and Herzegovina’s joining this multilateral strategy, which enables collective actions in recovery and progress on fisheries resources, blue economy, social inclusion and solidarity between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean region. On behalf of the EU, the signing ceremony was attended by Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to BiH, Khaldoun Sinno. (photo: eu delegation)

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Mediterranean fisheries: stocks recovery means fishers’ recovery

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

fisheriesTo reverse the dramatic decline of Mediterranean fisheries, Commissioner Vella commits to improve the state of the stocks and thus the economic prospects of the industry. At a global event in Brussels, he unveiled a new strategy for the Mediterranean and launched a dialogue with Ministers from EU and non-EU countries.
“The facts are undisputed – he said at a recent conference -: fish stocks in the Mediterranean are shrinking. Some are on the verge of depletion. All in all, 93% of the fish stocks assessed are over-exploited. This is an environmental but also a social issue, as it represents a clear threat to the way of life of fishing communities around the Mediterranean”.

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SEIU’s Henry: We stand with working people in Alabama fighting against attempt to block local minimum wage boost

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 aprile 2016

washington—SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement today regarding the lawsuit filed by the NAACP and citizens of Birmingham, Ala., over the state legislature’s move to take away a raise for working people in Birmingham that was approved by city government:“The working men and women of SEIU fully support working people in Birmingham and their fight to raise their local wage floor.“It is appalling that profitable special interests are trying to use their influence at the state level to nullify democratic decision-making by African American elected leaders who were elected by the people of Birmingham.“Right now, wages are so low that too many working people are getting trapped into poverty no matter how hard they work. Raising wages will give more families enough money to pay their bills and more money to spend in Birmingham neighborhoods, which will create jobs and boost the economy.“Nearly four in ten Americans who are paid the minimum wage are people of color. For far too long, racism and racial anxiety have been used by corporations and wealthy elites to support policies that hold down wages and turn hard work into poverty jobs.
“We stand against attempts to divide us and for higher wages that fuel inclusive prosperity for every family of every race.”

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Economic Advice in Fisheries Management

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 novembre 2015

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and massi svezia of the European Commission (DG MARE), in collaboration with the European Association of Fisheries Economists (EAFE) and the University of Malta is organising an international conference on “Economic Advice in Fisheries Management: a Trilogue between Science, Administration and Stakeholders.” This conference will take place on 4 and 5 February 2016 in Malta and will be opened by Mr Karmenu VELLA, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. It will give an opportunity to actors and stakeholders from a wide range of domains and maritime regions of the world, to explore how economic advice can contribute to fisheries management in a rapidly evolving social and economic context. The conference will take the form of plenary sessions followed by several parallel sessions and panel discussions1 on both days, with the participation of some 30 selected speakers and 200 fisheries scientists, economists, administrators, industry representatives and other stakeholders.

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EU helps developing countries to ensure sustainable fisheries and food security

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 ottobre 2015

europa-261011-cIn the frame of the European Year of Development 2015, October is dedicated to Food Security issues. See the short animated video about the co-operation of EU with developing countries in fisheries for the sustainable management of seafood resources that enhances food security and offers opportunities for trade and growth.The EU is committed to eradicate poverty around the world through focused funding and partnership agreements with developing countries that promote co-operation, mutual interests and mutual responsibility. See the short animated video about the importance of co-operation in fisheries for the sustainable management of seafood resources and the opportunities for trade and growth between the EU and developing countries.

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EU and Mauritania sign a sustainable fisheries partnership agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2015

mauritaniaToday, the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania have concluded an agreement that will allow EU fishermen to fish in Mauritanian waters for four years. Under this protocol, the EU fleet will be allowed to fish in Mauritanian waters for shrimp, demersal fish, tuna and small pelagic fish, up to a total of 281 500 tonnes a year, under improved operational conditions. In addition to catches paid for by the European fleet, the EU will dedicate € 59.125 million per year to the partnership, of which € 4.125 will be used to support local fishing communities in Mauritania. EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella welcomed the agreement: “Signing the EU’s largest fisheries partnership agreement with Mauritania brings two major benefits: To our fishermen, it means certainty and good fishing opportunities at value for money for the next four years. For the region as a whole, it contributes to stability and the sustainable management of fisheries resources.”

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EU and Liberia initial a new sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2015

liberia-ivorycoastThe European Union and the Republic of Liberia signed a new Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement as well as an associated Protocol which will reinforce cooperation between the two parties, especially in their fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and help the development of the fishing sector of Liberia. The new Partnership Agreement is expected to contribute to Liberia’s recovery after the Ebola crisis and is a sign of the EU’s confidence in Liberia’s economy.The Protocol provides the EU with fishing opportunities for 6 500 tonnes of tuna and other highly migratory species, for 28 purse seiners and 6 long-line vessels. In return, the EU will pay Liberia an annual compensation of € 650 000, out of which 50% is earmarked to support the fisheries policy of Liberia.The Agreement and the Protocol are fully in line with the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and will ensure that the fishing activities of EU vessels in Liberian waters will be carried out in respect of the principles of sustainability, good governance, transparency, non-discrimination and respect of human rights. Control of fishing activities and catch reporting will be assured through the use of Electronic Reporting System (ERS – Electronic logbooks) and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS). Both parties have also committed to respect fully all the recommendations made by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).This Protocol will also reinforce cooperation between the two parties, especially in their fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Moreover, the agreement will help Liberia reinforce its fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance capacity, as well as to enhance scientific cooperation and promote the development of the fishing sector of Liberia. The new Partnership Agreement is expected to contribute to Liberia’s recovery after the Ebola crisis and is a sign of the EU’s confidence in Liberia’s economy.

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