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Al Wusta Fisheries Industries brings sustainable fishing to Oman

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 gennaio 2023

Al Wusta Fisheries Industries (AWFI) is part out of the Sultanate’s goal of developing the country’s fishing sector by 2040 in a sustainable manner. The company was established to explore the potential for catching horse mackerel and mackerel, which were previously an untapped resource. Though the country has a rich fishing history, the sector only makes up a very small portion of the country’s economic activity. CEO Dawood Al Wahaibi is on a mission to expand this sector, while safeguarding fishing resources for future generations. AWFI is also looking forward to the Friend of the Sea certification opening new markets for the company and believes the certification will further validate the sustainability and trustworthiness of the company’s products for international consumers.The certification is also in line with AWFI’s collaboration with Oman’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Water Resources to collect scientific data to produce a sustainable and integrated management plan for pelagic fisheries. These species can either be categorized as coastal or oceanic fish with the key factor being that they inhibit the relatively shallow waters of the continental shelf. These fish species are typified by anchovies, sardines, mackerels, herring and menhaden. Al Wusta’s vessels catch mackerel and horse mackerel along the edge of the continental shelf in the Arabian Sea. Although these species are not extensively fished, there is always a potential risk of overfishing if the fishing activity is not made in a responsible and sustainable manner, so Al Wusta’s commitment with Fried of the Sea is all the more important. Al Wusta is dedicated to developing the fishing sector in Oman in a sustainable way that matches the country’s goals and ensures a bright future for the coming generations. AWFI’s commitment to ocean sustainability aligns well with Friend of the Sea’s rigorous requirements for certification and adherence to ocean health.

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AGRIFISH Council adopts 2023 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic, Kattegat and Skagerrak

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 dicembre 2022

The Council of fisheries ministers agreed on fishing opportunities for 2023 for the fish stocks exclusively managed by the EU in the Atlantic Ocean, Kattegat and Skagerrak, including deep-sea stocks for 2023 and 2024. This includes 27 total allowable catches (TACs) for the fisheries operating on stocks managed solely by the EU, as well as strengthened measures to address the critical state of eels. The Council also set TACs for stocks shared trilaterally with Norway and the UK, following a successful conclusion of the consultations. The Council also set preliminary TACs for stocks shared bilaterally with Norway and with the UK, pending a successful conclusion of consultations. As proposed by the Commission, the Council has set 10 TACs in line with maximum sustainable yield advice (MSY) advice.In the Kattegat, because of the worrying state of cod, the TACs for plaice and Norway lobster have been set in the lower range of MSY. Furthermore, the Council has agreed on a limit of 97 tonnes for unavoidable catches of cod taken in other fisheries, as well as an additional allowance for fishers using cameras for real time monitoring during fishing activities.In the Bay of Biscay and the Iberian waters, as proposed by the Commission and within the MSY range, the Council has agreed to a 10% increase of the hake TAC. In addition, the anglerfish TAC will be raised by 12% and the megrim TAC by 33%. In the Bay of Biscay, there will be a 19% increase of the Norway lobster TAC.For horse mackerel in the Iberian waters, a 12% increase has been agreed. For anchovy in the Bay of Biscay, a provisional TAC has been agreed, pending the publication of the scientific assessment due after the AGRIFISH Council and allowing fishing activities to continue.The agreement represents a value of €3.5 billion for 187 EU fleet segments with significant fishing activity in the Skagerrak and northeast Atlantic. These fleet segments include 15,635 active vessels and employ 30,800 full-time fishers belonging to 1,190 EU fishing communities. For the first time, the agreement reached could lead to a very substantial increase in landings in the Atlantic and North Sea in 2023. This could translate into an overall increase of €81 million in the value of landings, compared to 2022. Given the critical stock status of the European eel, the Council has also agreed to extend the current closure at sea from three to six months to coincide with the juvenile eel migration and mature eels swimming between the sea and rivers.

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Baltic Sea: Agreement reached on 2023 fishing opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 novembre 2022

The Council of the European Union reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2023, on the basis of the Commission’s proposalSearch for available translations. The situation in the Baltic Sea remains difficult, as the sea basin continues to struggle with severe environmental pressures and many challenges to the ecosystems, including the state of the fish stocks. Under the agreement, the current fishing opportunities for several stocks will be carried over into 2023. The Council also agreed to continue additional recovery management measures, such as limiting fishing to unavoidable by-catches for the two cod stocks, main basin salmon and western herring, as well as maintained spawning closures and limitations on recreational fisheries for Baltic cod and salmon in some areas. The recent adoption of new rulesSearch for available translations of the preceding making the use of more selective fishing gear for flatfish mandatory is expected to result in improvements allowing for the increase of the plaice total allowable catch (TAC), without putting more pressure on the ailing cod stocks. Furthermore, the Council agreed increases for central herring, while the TACs for sprat, Bothnian herring and Riga herring were reduced. The agreement also includes an in-year amendment of the fishing opportunities in the Atlantic, for Southern hake. In line with revised scientific advice and as proposed by the Commission, the Union quota has been increased to 14,096 t to allow fishers to profit already this year from the improved situation of the stock.

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Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2023

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 novembre 2022

The Commission adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The proposal promotes the sustainable management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas and delivers on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations. It reflects the Commission’s ambition to make fisheries in these two sea basins sustainable, in line with the 2030 Strategy of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), which is the regional fisheries management organisation competent for the conservation and management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. In the Mediterranean Sea, the proposal incorporates measures for red coral and dolphinfish, in line with adopted GFCM decisions. For the stocks where the GFCM transitional measures are expiring at the end of 2022 (such as blackspot seabream and deep-water shrimp stocks in the Ionian, the Levant Seas and the Strait of Sicily), the proposal will be updated after the 2022 GFCM annual session, where new decisions are expected to be adopted. In the Adriatic Sea, the proposal continues the implementation of the GFCM MAP for demersal stocks and the GFCM MAP for small pelagic stocks. For small pelagic stocks, the proposal continues the implementation of the transitional period of the MAP. It includes a further level of reduction of catches, based on the transitional internal share between the Member States, as well as the fleet capacity ceiling for vessels targeting small pelagics. For demersal stocks, it proposes a decrease of the fishing effort in line with the future GFCM decision and the goal to reach MSY by 2026. The decision will be adopted at the 2022 GFCM annual session. In the Black Sea, the proposal includes catch limits and quotas for turbot and sprat. For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain the same catch limit as in 2022. For turbot, the levels of the total allowable catch (TAC) and quotas will be set and adopted at the 2022 GFCM annual session. The Commission proposal will be complemented at a later stage, based on the results of the GFCM annual session (7-11 November 2022) and the scientific advice for demersal stocks covered by the Western Mediterranean MAP, which is expected for 28 October. The Council will discuss the Commission’s proposal on 12–13 December and establish the allocation of fishing opportunities. The regulation should apply as of 1 January 2023.

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Commission proposes 2023 fishing opportunities with catch limits’ increases for largest stocks

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 novembre 2022

The Commission published its proposal for catch limits for fish stocks in the EU waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Kattegat and Skagerrak for 2023, including for deep-sea stock for 2023 and 2024. The proposal concerns 17 total allowable catches (TACs) for the fisheries operating on stocks managed solely by the EU. Recovery of the largest stocks, notably the horse mackerel, allows the Commission to propose a quota increases. The proposal will be updated after the conclusion of the bilateral (with Norway and the United Kingdom) and multilateral consultations with the Coastal States, and the completion of the decision-making processes in the regional fisheries management organisations (RFMOs). For 8 out 17 stocks, the advice allows the Commission to propose catch limits in line with the objective of sustainable management of fish stocks (maximum sustainable yield, or MSY), with an increase in catch limits for six of these eight stocks.For the nine stocks, scientific data was not sufficient. As a result, the proposal is based on the precautionary approach. For all of these stocks, a roll-over or decrease in catch limits is proposed. Stocks for which scientific advice is available: limits within the maximum sustainable yield. Another seven stocks, managed solely by the EU, are still awaiting scientific advice (anchovy in the Bay of Biscay, three stocks of Norway lobster, cod in the Kattegat, and the deep-sea stock roundnose grenadier in the Skagerrak and Kattegat), while the TAC for anchovy in the Iberian waters and waters around the Azores has already been set until June 2023. The proposal, which took into account feedback from a stakeholder consultation on how best to implement latest scientific advice, addresses only eel mortality from marine commercial and recreational fisheries. To ensure a comprehensive approach, in parallel to the measures proposed for marine waters in the context of this proposal, the Commission plans to work with Member States to help them strengthen national measures to reduce other mortality factors, such as reducing or restricting inland fishing, restoring or improving river habitats for eels, ensuring safe eel migration routes to prevent injury or death in hydropower stations, combatting predators, and fighting baby eel trafficking. (abstract)

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2023 in the Baltic Sea

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 settembre 2022

Today, the European Commission adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Baltic Sea. Based on this proposal, EU countries will determine the maximum quantities of the most important commercial fish species that can be caught in the sea basin.The Commission proposes to increase fishing opportunities for central herring and plaice, while maintaining the current levels for salmon and the levels of by-catch of western and eastern cod, as well as western herring. The Commission proposes to decrease fishing opportunities for the four remaining stocks covered by the proposal, in order to improve the sustainability of those stocks and to allow them to recover.Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “I remain worried about the poor environmental status of the Baltic Sea. Despite some improvements, we are still suffering from the combined effects of eutrophication and slow response to tackle this challenge. We must all take responsibility and take action together. This is the only way to ensure that our fish stocks become healthy again and that our local fishers could rely again on them for their livelihoods. Today’s proposal goes in this direction.” Over the past decade, EU fishermen and women, industry and public authorities have made major efforts to rebuild fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. Where complete scientific advice was available, fishing opportunities had already been set in line with the principle of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) for seven out of eight stocks, covering 95% of fish landings by volume. However, commercial stocks of western and eastern cod, western herring, and the many salmon stocks in both the southern Baltic Sea and the rivers of the southern Baltic EU Member States are under severe environmental pressure from habitat loss, due to the degradation of their living environment. The total allowable catches (TACs) proposed today are based on the best available peer-reviewed scientific advice from the International Council on the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) and follow the Baltic multiannual management plan (MAP) adopted in 2016 by the European Parliament and the Council. A detailed table is available below.

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EU moves one step closer to protecting deep-sea ecosystems from bottom fishing in its waters

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 luglio 2022

The Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture voted on the Commission’s proposal to close vulnerable areas to fishing gears which touch the seabed. This proposal aims to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs) in deep waters and the Member States’ support brings it step closer to becoming law.The Commission proposal had been submitted to the agreement of the Committee for Fisheries and Aquaculture, composed of the representatives of each EU Member State. After the committee vote, the Commission is allowed to conclude the procedure and adopt the measure. The UK will receive formal notification of the pending adoption of the measure and will have two months to provide comments or seek clarification before the Regulation’s entry into force. The Commission services will soon resume consultations with Member States and stakeholders in view of the latest ICES advice encompassing new data and expected for end of this year.

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EU and UK reach agreement on fishing opportunities for 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 dicembre 2021

The EU and the UK reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities for 2022. This agreement covers all shared and jointly managed fisheries resources in UK and EU waters.It is the outcome of the annual consultations on fishing opportunities between the EU and the UK under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which took place between 11 November and 20 December.The agreement on the management of shared stocks secures the fishing rights of the EU and the UK fleets in both EU and UK waters until the end of 2022, as foreseen under the TCA. It establishes the total allowable catches (TAC) for 65 shared fish stocks for 2022.The agreement is based on the best available scientific advice regarding 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 (MSY) and the precautionary approach, which are central to 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, cements the 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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Baltic Sea: Agreement reached on 2022 fishing opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 novembre 2021

The Council of the European Union reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2022, on the basis of the Commission’s proposal.The agreement comes at a difficult time for the Baltic Sea, as environmental pressures and challenges stemming from pollution are taking their toll on fish stocks, as well. Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, welcomed the agreement: Restoring the marine environment and the fish stocks in the Baltic Sea is at the heart of the Commission’s approach to setting fishing opportunities and I am happy that the Council has agreed to follow it for most of the stocks. In recent years, the problems in the Baltic have had a devastating impact on our fishers. This is why our comprehensive approach, with concrete actions targeting environment, is crucial. The decisions reached are difficult, but necessary, so that the Baltic Sea can remain the source of livelihood for fishermen and women today and tomorrow. The Council adopted fishing opportunities for several stocks with substantial reductions, such as -88% for western Baltic cod. It also agreed on additional recovery management measures, such as limiting fishing to unavoidable by-catches for main basin salmon and western herring, as well as extended spawning closure and a ban on recreational fisheries for western Baltic cod. The agreement on the Joint Recommendation of Baltic Member States for a more selective fishing gear for flatfish is a step change in fisheries management, which allowed to increase the plaice total allowable catch (TAC) accordingly, without putting at risk the ailing cod stocks. The Council agreed increases for herring in the Gulf of Riga, sprat, and salmon in the Gulf of Finland.

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 ottobre 2021

The Commission adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities for 2022 in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The proposal promotes the sustainable management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas and delivers on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and Sofia Declarations. It reflects the Commission’s ambition for achieving sustainable fisheries in these two sea basins, in line with the recently adopted 2030 Strategy of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, said: “Sustainable fisheries management in all of the EU’s sea basins is our commitment and responsibility. While we have seen some improvement in recent years in the Mediterranean and Black Seas, we are still far from reaching sustainable levels and more effort is needed to achieve this goal. We are, therefore, today making our proposal for fish catches in the two sea basins fully reliant on scientific advice.” In the Adriatic Sea, the Commission’s proposal implements the GFCM Mediterranean multiannual management plan for demersal stocks and its goal to reach sustainability for these stocks by 2026 through a decrease of the fishing effort. Furthermore, the proposal also incorporates various management measures for eel, red coral, dolphinfish, blackspot seabream, and deep-water shrimp stocks in the Ionian and Levant Seas and the Strait of Sicily, in line with GFCM decisions.Today’s proposal also implements the Western Mediterranean multiannual management plan (MAP) for demersal stocks with the aim of further reducing the fishing, in line with scientific advice. This part of the proposal will be complemented once the relevant scientific advice this year becomes available. The ultimate objective is to reach the maximum sustainable yield (MSY) – the maximum amount of fish that fishers can take out of the sea without compromising the regeneration and future productivity of the stock – by 1 January 2025 at the latest. In the Black Sea, the proposal includes catch limits and quotas for turbot and sprat. For turbot, the proposal transposes the EU quota decided in the revision of the GFCM turbot multiannual management plan. For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain the same catch limit as in 2021.

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Consultation on fishing opportunities for 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 giugno 2021

The Commission adopted the Communication “Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2022”. In line with the European Green Deal objectives, EU fisheries are moving more sustainable, supporting the transition towards a healthy and environmentally friendly EU food system and underpinning sustainable sources of revenue for EU fishers, the communication shows. The sector’s socio-economic performance remains good, despite the coronavirus crisis, also due to the swift support of the Commission. The Communication calls for further efforts to protect marine resources, both through maintaining high levels of ambition within the EU and by striving to achieve the same high standard in the work with non-EU countries. Member States, Advisory Councils, the fishing industry, non-governmental organisations and interested citizens are invited to take part until 31 August in a public consultation and express their views on the fishing opportunities for 2022.Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, responsible for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “EU fisheries remain on course towards a still more sustainable use of the sea. And while the pandemic hit our fishing communities hard, it was confirmed that environmental sustainability is the key to economic resilience. The situation in some sea basins requires our particular attention, but also across all our sea basins more must be done to deliver the blue in the Green Deal. I count on everybody to play their full part”.The 2021 Communication shows that in the North East Atlantic especially, sustainability was almost reached for the stocks managed under the principle of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) – the maximum amount of fish that fishers can take out of the sea without compromising the regeneration and future productivity of the stock.Healthy stocks further contributed to the sector’s socio-economic performance, which thus stayed profitable despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fishing activities were hit hard by the sanitary crisis and landed value of fish is estimated to have decreased by 17% last year compared to 2019. The rapid support that the Commission provided to the sector, in particular through making €136 million of funds available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, has helped in addressing the effects of the pandemic swiftly.However, to ensure healthy fish stocks for future generations, efforts need to be pursued. In the Atlantic and Baltic Sea, the Commission will propose for next year to further maintain or reduce fishing mortality in line with maximum sustainable yield (MSY) for MSY-assessed stocks and to fully implement management plans that set MSY ranges of mortality. In the Mediterranean and Black Seas, although there has been a slight improvement, exploitation rates are still two times higher than sustainable levels. Strong efforts will therefore be aimed at further implementing the Western Mediterranean multiannual plan and measures adopted by the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean. Further improvements in the Adriatic will feature prominently in the 2022 fishing opportunities.Member States also need to step up the enforcement and control of compliance with the landing obligation, in particular by using suitable modern control tools, such as remote electronic monitoring systems, which are the most effective and cost-efficient means to control the landing obligation at sea. The Commission will continue working with the European Parliament and Council to reach an agreement on the revised fisheries control system, which can facilitate the use of these tools. Besides, fishers are encouraged to further adopt the use of more innovative and selective gears. The European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF) can help finance such investments. In its relations with third countries, the Commission will pursue high levels of alignment on fishing opportunities and related measures with high sustainability standards. This will be key to ensuring sustainable exploitation of resources and to achieving a level playing field for the EU industry given the strong interlinkages between fleets in the waters concerned. As regards stocks shared with the UK, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) provides a strong basis for managing shared fish stocks sustainably, both in annual consultations on fishing opportunities and through the Specialised Committee on Fisheries.

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Baltic Sea: Agreement reached on 2021 fishing opportunities

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2020

The Commission and the Member States reached an agreement on the fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021. The agreement comes at a difficult time for the Baltic region, as it struggles with the ongoing environmental threats to the ecosystem and the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, welcomed the agreement: “I am pleased that we have found a compromise that works for the fishermen and women, while allowing fish stocks to replenish and reach healthy levels. This was the rationale of our proposal, which followed the advice of the International Council on the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) and the provisions of the Baltic multi-annual plan. I am happy that the Member States have kept to the spirit of Our Baltic ministerial conference a few weeks ago, when together with agriculture, fisheries and environment ministers from the region, we agreed to address all the factors affecting this fragile ecosystem.” Overall, the agreement means that 8 out of 10 Baltic Sea total allowable catches (TACs) are set at sustainable levels – maximum sustainable yield (MSY). For two out of these stocks this is even below the MSY point value, or – for stocks where scientists could not give MSY-advice – in line with their precautionary advice. Reducing the fishing pressure alone will however not solve the problems of the Baltic Sea. A comprehensive approach is needed in line with the Our Baltic ministerial declaration signed by Commissioner Sinkevičius and Baltic Ministers of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment three weeks ago. More information on the specificities of the agreement for the different fish stocks is available in the Commissioner’s statement.

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Mediterranean and Black Seas: Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 settembre 2020

With this proposal, the Commission is delivering on the political commitments made in the MedFish4Ever and the Sofia Declarations to promote sustainable management of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. It reflects the Commission’s ambition for sustainable fisheries. The proposal implements the multiannual management plan for demersal stocks in the western Mediterranean, by continuing to reduce the fishing effort in the area.It also includes measures for eel, red coral, dolphinfish, small pelagic species and demersal stocks in the Adriatic, deep water red shrimps stocks in the Ionian Sea, Levant Sea and the Strait of Sicily, in line with the decisions of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM).In the Black Sea, catch limits and quotas are proposed for turbot and sprat. For turbot, the proposal will transpose the EU quota decided in the context of the revision of the GFCM turbot multiannual management plan. For sprat, the Commission proposes to maintain the same catch limit as in 2020.The Member States are expected to decide on the proposal at the November Agriculture and Fisheries Council. The regulation is to be applied as of 1 January 2021.

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Fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2021

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 settembre 2020

It has been known for several years that Eastern Baltic cod was not doing well. In 2019, scientists discovered that the stock was actually in a worse state than expected and warned that this fish stock had been below safe biological limits for several years. It is expected to stay at such low depleted levels at least in the medium term even without any fishing. The Commission therefore invited Member States in early 2019 to take action. Some did, others did not. As the stock is widely distributed in the Baltic Sea and as all Member States of the Baltic Sea participate in the fishery, the Commission decided to take action at EU-level and adopted in July 2019 emergency measures prohibiting for the rest of 2019, fishing for cod in the most concerned areas with some derogations.For 2020, scientists advised to totally stop any catches of cod. As many fisheries have at least some by-catches of cod, a total fishing ban would have led to “choke” situations. On the other hand, there could no longer be targeted fisheries on cod and by-catches of cod of course needed to be drastically limited. The Commission therefore proposed and the Council agreed to establish a very limiting total allowable catches (hereafter TAC) which can only be used for by-catches of cod in order to avoid that other fisheries in the Baltic Sea have to be stopped entirely. As the scientists had unfortunately not been in a position to provide on time a figure for those by-catches that cannot be avoided in other fisheries, the TAC was set based on an estimation made by the Commission.As expected, for 2021 the scientist advise a continued stop for all catches of cod. In addition, the scientists provided different scenarios and related figures for by-catches of cod in other fisheries. The Commission has taken those figures as a basis for its proposal and estimates that the scenario of 20% cod by-catches on average in other fisheries is a reasonable one given the dire situation of the eastern Baltic cod stock.

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Eu: fishing activities

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 giugno 2020

In France, fishing activities have recovered but demand is still fragile and too low to absorb the increased supplies and imports from neighbour countries, leading to low prices. FranceAgriMer data on weekly auction sales (excluding the Mediterranean seaboard) show that for the 31 main species, first sales volumes significantly increased in week 22 against week 21 (+17%, mostly due to sardine and to a lesser extent monk, saithe and haddock) but then decreased in week 23 compared with week 22 (-9%, mostly due to sardine). This led the average first sale price to decrease by 23% from week 21 to week 22 (mostly due to the volume effect and the increasing share of sardine) and to increase from week 22 to week 23 (+10%, with most species experiencing price increases and sardine share decreasing).
In Spain, sardine prices dropped in Galicia since the sardine campaign started in Portugal, the first week of June. In A Coruña, the medium sized sardine was sold at 1,50 EUR/kg and the big sized at 3,00 EUR/kg. The first week of June, Galician fishers sold medium sized sardines at 0,40 EUR/kg and big sized ones at 1,50 EUR/kg. The demand is expected to be lower than last year according to Acerga (seiners association of Galicia), due to COVID-19 restrictions making difficult the “sardiñadas” celebrations. In addition, the anchovy campaign is ending for Cantabrian seiners and prices have been lower than last year, making this year’s campaign hardly profitable.
In five auctions in Denmark (Hanstholm, Hirtshals, Strandby, Grenaa and Skagen), first-sale volumes decreased by 7% in week 22 compared to week 21 and remained stable in week 23 despite a public holiday on Monday 1st June. First-sale value decreased by 10% in week 22 but recovered in week 23 (+3%). Fishing activity seems to have increased over the past two months. The total first-sale volume in April and May was more than 50% higher compared to February and March. The main species contributing to this increase were plaice (+184%), saithe (+36%), cod (+86%), hake (+97%) and pollack (+129%).
In Ireland, the situation for the groundfish and shellfish fleets is reportedly depressed. In an attempt to balance the market, fFishermen receive public economic support for committing to vessel tie-ups. However, with the amounts received by fishermen being considered too low, fisheres go at sea fishing – with the result that fish is being landed at low prices. Achieved prices by fishermen for cod destined for the French market have been reported as low as 0,40 EUR/kg. The shellfish (crab) market has to some extent picked up. Still, market prices are low – currently around 2,00 EUR/kg, down from around 4,00 EUR/kg last year. Air freight capacity is limited, and the freight cost is still high to the Asian market. Another constraint is the test capacity for issuing veterinary certificates needed for exports to the Chinese market as the tests are conducted by one institution only.
In the Netherlands, the situation for fishermen has improved as public economic support measures seem to be effective and prices are currently on an acceptable level. There are currently no fishing restrictions for the flatfish fisheries. However, POs have decided a 60-hour restriction on for shrimp fisheries due to limited capacity at peeling factories in Morocco. As the HORECA segment is slowly opening again, demand for seafood seems to rise. From week 20 to week 23, first sale prices for sole have trended above 12,00 EUR/kg and were around 2,00 EUR/kg for plaice.

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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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EU signs sustainable fishing partnership agreement protocol with Senegal

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

The EU and Senegal have a long-standing partnership in the field of fisheries, which started back in 1980 and has evolved during the years. The new 5-year protocol implementing the 2015 agreement is replacing the current protocol due to expire in November 2019. This new protocol allows EU vessels – a maximum of 28 tuna seiners, 10 pole-and-liners, 5 long liners and 2 trawlers – to fish tuna-like species and hake in the waters of Senegal. This is based on the best available scientific advice, a stakeholders’ consultation, and follows the recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Reflecting on the principles of the common fisheries policy, this protocol will contribute to the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources in the waters of Senegal as, based on scientific advice; it foresees a lower total allowable catches for hake compared to the current protocol. The reference tonnage for tuna has been adapted to historical catches. Furthermore, it also foresees measures to limit catches of marine birds and marine mammals, and to reinforce the role of scientific observers.In exchange for the fishing rights, the EU will offer Senegal a yearly financial contribution of €1,700,000. Part of this contribution, €900,000 per year, is earmarked to promote the sustainable management of fisheries in Senegal, in particular through measures that reinforce control and surveillance capacities and the fight against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Moreover, the EU funds will be used to promote the development of scientific capacities and to support the development of the artisanal fishing. In addition to this amount, ship owners will also contribute with approximately €1,350,000 per year. The new protocol will enter into force when the necessary legislative procedures for its conclusion have been completed.

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COA Formulates Regulations to Protect Rights of Foreign Crew of Fishing Vessels

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 dicembre 2018

To protect rights and interests of foreign crew of fishing vessels and enhance control of Taiwan’s distant water fisheries, the Council of Agriculture (COA) has been actively improving legal system.The COA has formulated the Act for Distant Water Fisheries and the National Plan of Control and Inspection for fisheries (NPCI), as well as improved the managing mechanism of monitoring, control and surveillance to improve management of distant water fisheries.
For instance, the COA has established Integrated Data System for Marine Fisheries and the 24-hour Fishing Monitoring Center (FMC), deployed more at-sea observers and staff for checking at harbors, and required distant water fishing fleets to install e-logbook.
The COA has also been actively pushing for building a tracking system for fisheries products and strengthening Taiwan’s collaboration with international fisheries to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and make contributions to the sustainability of marine fisheries resources.Regarding the foreign worker rights, wage and benefits for foreign workers, on the other hand, will follow the international mechanism of labor market.According to current regulations, each foreign crew member and fisheries operator are obligate to sign the standardized contract respectively. The standardized contract not only regulates the minimum wage, minimum insured amount of life insurance, daily rest time, and monthly rest days, but also specifies provision that fisheries operators should comply.
Meanwhile, the COA will conduct visits to foreign workers hired by Taiwan’s fishing vessels more regularly to learn about and handle cases regarding their infringement on rights and interests.

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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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EU and Arctic partners enter historic agreement to prevent unregulated fishing in high seas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

A landmark international agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the Arctic high seas was signed in Ilulissat, Greenland.
Parties in the deal are the European Union, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Denmark (in respect of Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States. Together, these parties represent some 75% of the global GDP. Under the Agreement, the ten Parties concerned have agreed to ban commercial fishing in the high seas portion of the Central Arctic Ocean at least until scientists confirm that it can be done sustainably and until the Parties agree on mechanisms to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “This historic agreement was only possible thanks to the strong commitment and leadership shown by all Parties. It shows what multilateralism can achieve, when there is a strong sense of common purpose. Protection of the Arctic was a significant gap in international ocean governance. Today, we have all committed to safeguarding this fragile marine ecosystem for future generations. I call upon all Parties to swiftly proceed to the ratification of this important agreement.”The Arctic region is warming at almost three times the global average rate, causing a change in the size and distribution of fish stocks. As a result, the Arctic high seas may become more attractive for commercial fisheries in the medium to long term. However, until present, most of the Arctic high seas were not covered by any international conservation and management regime. Meanwhile there is still a limited understanding of the marine ecosystems of the Arctic and, in particular, of determining whether fish stocks might exist in this area that could be harvested on a sustainable basis.The agreement will be a first step towards the creation of one or more regional fisheries management organisations or arrangements for the Central Arctic Ocean, to ensure that any future fishing is carried out sustainably.The agreement is fully in line with a long-held position of the European Union that no commercial fisheries should begin in the Arctic high seas before a science-based and precautionary management regime is in place. The Agreement is a key deliverable under the EU’s Ocean Governance policy and under the EU’s Arctic policy, wherein sound stewardship of the high seas, a responsible approach towards utilizing Arctic marine resources and respect of the rights of indigenous peoples feature prominently.

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