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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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The Commission has adopted a proposal for fishing opportunities for 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 settembre 2018

For the commercially most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.In particular, the Commission proposes to increase catches for plaice, Western cod, sprat, Gulf of Riga herring and the Main Basin salmon stocks. For the remaining stocks covered by the proposal the Commission proposes a reduction in catches.Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “We are proposing a balanced package that will ensure sustainable fisheries in the Baltic Sea. The good news is that important quotas for Western Baltic cod can be increased, after several years of hardship for the fishermen. The sacrifices are paying off as the stock is recovering. As per usual, the picture is mixed, as this year we will have to reduce the quotas for Western herring in order to make sure that it is soon in a better state.”The proposed total allowable catches (TAC) are based on scientific advice from the International Council on the Exploration of the Seas and follow the Baltic multiannual management plan adopted in 2016 by Member States and the European Parliament.Efforts by stakeholders in recent years have already succeeded in rebuilding important stocks in the Baltic Sea and in allowing that, where complete scientific advice is available, 7 out of 8 catch limits are set in line with the principle of maximum sustainable yield, covering 95% of fish landings in volume. But further action remains necessary to ensure all stocks grow to levels that allow for sustainable exploitation.The Council will now examine the Commission proposal, and European Ministers for Fisheries aim at adopting it during their meeting of 15-16 October.

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EU supports the fight against illegal fishing in Western Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 giugno 2018

The five-year EU funded PESCAO project, which includes a component aiming to improve the fight against Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing activities in Western Africa, has kicked off today.The PESCAO project, funded under the European Development Fund (EDF), aims over the coming five years to improve regional fisheries governance in Western Africa. This will include developing a regional fishing policy, putting in place regional coordination against IUU fishing and improving fish stock management at regional level. The EUR 15 million project is one of the many significant commitments to ocean conservation made by the European Union at the 2017 Our Ocean Conference hosted by the EU in Malta. “The European Fisheries Control Agency is eager to extend its existing cooperation with fisheries control authorities in the European Union Waters to its two African partners in this project. The Agency considers the PESCAO project of cooperation as a game changer aiming at improving sustainability of fisheries resources through improved monitoring, control and surveillance at national and regional levels,” said Pascal Savouret, Executive Director.

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European Parliament votes in favour of the request from EU regions to outlaw electric pulse fishing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

Emily WestleyThe CoR welcomes the outcome of the vote on the “Technical Measures” dossier, where in a surprise result on Tuesday 16 January 2018 the Parliament voted to ban electric fishing. The strong recommendation against electric pulse fishing was adopted by the European Committee of the Regions as a part of a report on “Technical Measures in fisheries” addressed to the legislator. The opinion clarifies the point of view of EU’s local and regional authorities on the matter, appealing to subject renewals of licenses for electric pulse fishing to scientific evaluation before renewing or removing their prohibited status.CoR rapporteur Mrs Emily Westley (UK/PES), a local counsellor from Hastings, UK, stated that the outcome is “an important win for the environment and also for small scale fishermen that have used for generations traditional fishing methods”. Hastings is home of the largest European beach-launched fishing fleet, and the developments in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) are watched closely by local fishermen. In the light of Brexit and increasing insecurity among small-scale fishermen about their future, the stage victory represents an important sign for many of them. “Working collectively is the only way to make the right decisions for local communities. Brexit is putting that relationship in serious danger of extinction and I call on all the decision makers to really consider the local and regional impacts of Brexit. How will the ordinary people’s voices be heard?” Mrs Westley added.The draft law was a subject of heated debates among policy-makers, non-governmental organisations and fishermen, noted further Mrs. Westley, who as a part of her activities at the European Committee of the Regions undertook significant efforts to lobby fellow S&D and UK members of the European Parliament to pass legislation that is more friendly to small scale fishermen and local communities. The regulation, which now will enter into trilogue between Commission, Council and Parliament, will continue to be a cornerstone of the debate on CFP during the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union. (photo: Emily Westley)

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Garmin® signs as title sponsor for fishing pro Jason Christie

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 gennaio 2018

Jason_ChristieGarmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), today announced its title sponsorship of professional Bassmaster Elite series angler and longtime Garmin pro, Jason Christie. Three-time Elite Series champion and winner of two Bassmaster Opens and 10 FLW events, Christie is a leading, and perhaps one of the most recognized anglers on the national bass tournament scene. With 56 top-ten finishes to date, he is currently BassFan’s second-highest ranked bass fisherman in the world.Garmin is excited to announce its title sponsorship of professional Bassmaster Elite series angler and longtime Garmin pro, Jason Christie. Three-time Elite Series champion and winner of two Bassmaster Opens and 10 FLW events, Christie is a leading, and perhaps one of the most recognized anglers on the national bass tournament scene.
“This new sponsorship reaffirms our continued commitment to being a top player in the freshwater fishing industry and we couldn’t be more excited to be all-in with Jason,” said David Dunn, Garmin director of marine sales. “With a world-class team of nearly 70 anglers and some of the most innovative sonar technology on the water today, the time was right for Garmin to become a title sponsor and Jason is a perfect fit. An avid angler, outdoorsman and family man with a proven track record of success, he represents Garmin’s values through and through.”“I knew from day one with Garmin that they were a company I wanted to be a part of,” said Christie. “Garmin’s Panoptix™ sonar technology has played a huge role in my recent success, especially my win on St. Clair last year, and I know this opportunity will only push both Garmin and myself further to the top. Electronics have always been crucial to me on the water, and I’m looking forward to working even closer with Garmin now as they lead the way.”Christie will kick off the 2018 tournament season at Lake Martin, Feb. 8-11, and will compete in his sixth Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell, March 16-18. The Garmin logo will have prominent visibility on Christie’s new jersey, boat and vehicle at all of his tournament weigh-ins and public appearances this year. Click here to learn more about Christie and this new sponsorship.Additionally, Garmin has four more reasons to be excited about the 2018 season as it welcomes the following professional anglers to its team: Randy Haynes (FLW), Brian Snowden (B.A.S.S.), Carl Svebek (B.A.S.S.), and Jesse Tacoronte (B.A.S.S.). The Garmin team will be equipped with detailed lake maps and best-in-class electronics and technology, including the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA®) award-winning GPSMAP® 7600xsv series chartplotters ranging in size from seven- to 16-inches, and the Garmin Panoptix PS22-TR all-seeing sonar. Garmin was the first to bring Panoptix sonar imaging to the water, giving anglers the ability to see all around their boat in real time.Garmin is the world’s leading marine electronics manufacturer1 and was recently named Manufacturer of the Year for the third consecutive year by the NMEA, an honor given to the most recognized marine electronics company for support of products in the field. Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution mapping, sailing instrumentation, and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. (Photo: Jason_Christie)

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EU and Arctic partners agree to prevent unregulated fishing in high seas

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 dicembre 2017

European UnionThe European Union, together with partners engaged in Arctic matters (Canada, the People’s Republic of China, the Kingdom of Denmark in respect of Greenland and the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Japan, The Republic of Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States), have succeeded in reaching an international agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the Arctic high seas. That is, until sufficient scientific information to support the sustainable exploitation of fish stocks in the region is available.The Arctic region is warming at almost twice 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.The agreement, reached in Washington DC at the fifth and final round of negotiations, will be a first step towards the creation of regional fisheries management organisations for the Central Arctic Ocean, to ensure that any future fishing is carried out sustainably.
The agreement is fully in line with the European Union’s long-standing position – emphasised recently at the EU-hosted Our Ocean Conference in Malta on 5-6 October – that no commercial fisheries should begin in the Arctic high seas before a science-based and precautionary management regime is in place.
Sound stewardship of the high seas has a prominent place in the EU’s Arctic policy and Ocean Governance policy, as regards a responsible approach towards utilizing Arctic marine resources, while respecting the rights of indigenous peoples.The agreement will enter into force when all ten Parties have signed and subsequently ratified the agreement.

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

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 dicembre 2017

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

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Commission proposes sustainable fishing opportunities in the Black Sea for 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 novembre 2017

Mar-NeroFor turbot, the Commission transposes in its proposal the quotas adopted in the GFCM management plan for turbot (114 tonnes for 2018 and 2019, 50% assigned to Bulgaria and 50% to Romania), including a 2-month closed period (15 April – 15 June) and limitation of fishing efforts to 180 days at sea per year.
The Commission’s proposal will be submitted for discussion and pronouncement by the Member States at the next Fisheries Council (11-12 December, Brussels), to be applied as from 1 January 2018.
The 41st GFCM annual session ushered a new era of cooperative fisheries management in the Black Sea, building on the Bucharest Declaration and the driving force for change created by the adoption of the Malta MedFish4ever Declaration.For the first time, the new management and control measures for two iconic Black Sea species will be implemented by all riparian countries. The EU has been allocated, for 2018 and 2019, a share of the provisional turbot TAC of 114 tonnes, 50% assigned to Bulgaria and 50% to Romania. Complementary to the management measures and enforcing their effective implementation, an international inspection pilot project established with the assistance of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) will contribute to the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the basin. The Commission will also promote training workshops for non-EU inspectors through the EFCA.The Commission will continue promoting a multilateral approach to fisheries management in the Black Sea. Following the adoption of the GFCM multiannual management plan for turbot and the Regional Plan of Action against IUU fishing, new milestones for the next years have been set, in particular regarding the implementation of the GFCM 2017-2020 multi-annual strategy. A high-level conference will be held in June 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria, to establish a 10-year work plan to improve fisheries and aquaculture in the Black Sea. Lastly, riparian country will work on the implementation of the GFCM ‘BlackSea4Fish’ project for regional cooperation on research and data collection.

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

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 novembre 2017

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

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New report confirms positive economic trends in EU fishing fleet

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 gennaio 2017

Antarctic Sea FisheriesThe economic performance of the EU fleet improved significantly again in 2014, according to the latest Annual Economic Report. Between 2008 and 2014, the EU fleet moved from a loss-making position in 2008 to registering record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014 – up from €500 million in 2013. Forecasts for 2016 remain positive.Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for fisheries and maritime affairs, said: “The positive trend of the last years has resulted in higher salaries for fishermen, bigger profits for the fishing sector, and more value added for the EU’s fishing and coastal communities. And it shows that sustainable fishing pays off. As we have seen in last month’s Council on fishing opportunities, many quotas can grow if we fish sustainably –motivation for the future. “The EU fleet’s gross value added, i.e. the contribution of the fish catching sector to the economy through wages and gross profit, amounted to €3.7 billion in 2014. This represents an 11% increase on the previous year. Average salaries in the EU fleet also increased during the period of analysis. Fuel consumption and fuel use intensity decreased significantly, as a result of the more efficient way in operating many EU fleets.The improved economic situation is evident as more and more fish stocks are being fished sustainably. That is, in line with Maximum Sustainable Yield, allowing the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea while keeping fish stocks healthy. The 2016 Annual Economic report, based on data provided by national authorities, is the result of combined work by economic experts from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee of Fisheries (STECF), the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE).

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Ministers agree on fishing catch limits for 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

fishing-opportunitiesEU ministers have reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2017 in the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea, following discussions at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 12 and 13 December. Karmenu Vella, the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, presented the Commission’s proposals, which were the basis for the negotiations.
One of the fundamental objectives of the EU’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is that stocks are to be fished at a level corresponding to a maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by 2020 at the latest. Fishing at MSY levels allows the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea while keeping fish stocks healthy. In 2009, only five stocks had Total Allowable Catches set at MSY. The agreement will bring 44 stocks to MSY levels.Commissioner Karmenu Vella commented on the outcome of the Council:
“Today we have taken another important step towards sustainable fisheries, a core objective of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. I am proud to say that our push for healthy fish stocks is starting to pay off: following years of disciplined fisheries policy, scientists this year advised increasing catch limits for several stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea. This is encouraging, and shows that sustainability really does get fishermen the best deal.” Evidence indicates that effective conservation policies and economic profitability go hand in hand. The economic performance of the EU fleet has improved considerably, from a loss-making position in 2008 to generating increasingly higher net profits in the past 3 years. This increased profitability is very much driven by the increase in the amount of stocks being fished sustainably. The faster the transition to MSY, the higher the long-term benefits. (foto: fishing opportunities)

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Baltic Sea: sustainable fishing quotas set for 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 ottobre 2016

baltic-seaThe EU fisheries ministers have agreed on next year’s fishing limits (TACs) for ten fish stocks of the Baltic Sea. These TACs were the first to be set in accordance with the long-term management plan for the Baltic basin that had recently been adopted by the Council and the European Parliament.The agreement includes an increase in catches for herring (except in the Gulf of Riga), plaice, and salmon (except in the Gulf of Finland) in line with the Commission proposal. Ministers also decided for a smaller increase for sprat and for no increase for salmon in the main basin. These increases were made possible by the industry’s efforts of previous years.Moreover the following reductions were also agreed on: -25% for Eastern cod, -56% for Western cod, -11% for herring in the Gulf of Riga and -20% for salmon in the Gulf of Finland.The cod stocks, and especially the Western stock, are deteriorating fast. To let them recover as quickly as possible, the Commission had proposed to reduce the current quota by 88%. However, as Member States agreed to complement quota reductions for Western cod by a comprehensive set of other conservation measures, such as the extension of the fisheries closure period from 6 to 8 weeks and limitations to daily catches by recreational anglers during the closure, the Commission is satisfied that the reductions agreed are consistent with both scientific advice and the multiannual management plan for the Baltic Sea. All the TACs agreed are in line with the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, with the principles of the multiannual management plan for the Baltic sea, and with scientific advice, in particular the advice provided by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella is happy with the result: “Science, sustainability and socio-economic considerations have been our guiding principles. The protection of this emblematic species is important – but the livelihoods of our fishermen are also close to my heart, and I could not leave them to deal with such significant quota cuts on their own.” Indeed the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund is available to national authorities to support the industry, and particularly artisanal fishermen, during this challenging but hopefully short period. Under the new Baltic management plan, Member States also have the possibility to adopt tailored measures through regionalisation, like for instance redistributing national quotas to those small fleet segments that are most affected.Commissioner Vella said: “We count on local knowledge and expertise to further contribute to reversing the stock’s alarming condition.” The Commissioner also received support from most Ministers to table a proposal for an effective recovery plan on swordfish this year at ICCAT which would foresee the introduction of a TAC. (foto: baltic sea)

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Commission proposes fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 settembre 2016

The proposal is based on the recently adopted multiannual fisheries management plan for the Baltic Sea, and takes into consideration scientific advice received in May 2016. The Commission proposes to increase catch limits for 6 out of 10 fish stocks (Western, Bothnian and Central herring, sprat, plaice and main basin salmon) and to decrease catch limits for 2 stocks (Gulf of Riga herring and Gulf of Finland salmon). The Commission is collecting more information before proposing catch limits for the remaining 2 stocks (Western and Eastern cod).
Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for the Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, said: “Making Europe’s fisheries sustainable is a key deliverable of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. The fishing opportunities proposed today are set with this objective firmly in mind. This is good news for all those who have an interest in healthy fisheries, first and foremost fishermen themselves.”In socio-economic terms the Commission proposal should improve overall economic performance in the Baltic Sea as a whole, in spite of significant differences across fleets segments and fisheries. This proposal could increase both profits by €13 million and employment at sea basin level.The biggest proposed increase concerns plaice, whose catch limit under this proposal would rise by 95%. This reflects the good shape of the stock, which has been growing since 2008. It is also due to the fact that, from 2017 onwards, fishermen will have to land all plaice they catch in an effort to eliminate the wasteful practice of discarding.
At the same time, the state of the Western Baltic cod does not seem to have improved this year, according to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Fishing pressure from commercial and recreational fisheries remains high, and past measures have not had the desired effect in helping the stock to recover.
The Commission is examining with national authorities and stakeholders – including commercial and recreational fishermen – which steps are needed to give this stock a chance to recover, while also ensuring the economic viability of the fishing industry.
Member States can use allocations from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to support fishermen through a period of necessary quota reductions. The Commission has already assured the Member State authorities of its support in making such funding available quickly and efficiently.In addition, the Commission has asked its scientific advisory body STECF to analyse the impact of recreational fishing on Baltic cod stocks and assess different possible stock management measures. The Commission will propose catch limits for the Baltic cod stocks (Western and Eastern) once these clarifications are available.The proposal will be discussed by Member States’ fisheries ministers at the October Fisheries Council in Luxembourg.

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Commission proposes to lift ‘red card’ from Republic of Guinea after it steps up fight against illegal fishing

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 luglio 2016

fish1The Commission has proposed to lift the “red card” and the associated trade measures for fisheries products from the Republic of Guinea, following significant improvements to its national fisheries governance to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “This is an important decision for the Commission and for the Republic of Guinea, and good news for sustainable fisheries around the globe. After a long dialogue process Guinea has shown real commitment to fighting illegal fishing. We encourage them to join us in our ongoing work to promote improved ocean governance, including legal and sustainable fisheries worldwide.”
The Republic of Guinea was warned by the Commission in November 2012 of the risk of being considered a non-cooperating country, with the so called “yellow card”. It was listed or “red-carded” by the Council for inadequate action in November 2013.
Today’s good news follows several years of dialogue with Guinea, which has now successfully addressed the shortcomings in its fisheries governance. In particular, Guinea has revised its legal framework to combat IUU fishing, strengthened its sanctioning system, improved monitoring and control of its fleet and waters, and is now complying with international law.
Guinea has also ratified the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), an important tool under the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) that prevents illegal fish from being landed in the country’s ports. This international agreement entered into force last month. As a result of these changes the Commission has proposed to end formal discussions with Guinea and remove it from the list of non-cooperating countries. The Commission looks forward to continued cooperation with this partner in the fight against IUU fishing.
Fighting illegal fishing is part of the EU’s commitment to ensure the sustainable use of the sea and its resources under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, and in the context of better governance of the oceans worldwide.
Today’s Decision is based on the EU’s ‘IUU Regulation’, which entered into force in 2010. This key instrument in the fight against illegal fishing ensures that only fisheries products that have been certified as legal can access the EU market.
The global value of IUU fishing is estimated at approximately 10 billion euros per year. Between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish are caught illegally a year, corresponding to at least 15% of world catches. The EU is the world’s biggest importer of fisheries products.

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Sustainable fishing levels by 2020: an appointment Ministers are determined to keep

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 luglio 2016

fishCommissioner Vella gave the EU Fisheries Ministers a preview of the fishing limits to be applied in 2017. He stressed that our fisheries are making good progress towards sustainable management, but nevertheless we must keep up the effort to be able to comply with our common objectives and deadlines. The Ministers confirmed their commitment to move slowly but surely towards sustainable fishing levels. Maximum sustainable yield should be reached as soon as possible and by 2020 at the latest. At the same time – they pointed out – the economic sustainability of the fleets concerned needs to be preserved at all times. In stark contrast to the overall situation, overfishing is still widespread in the Mediterranean and in the Black Sea, and stocks are in bad shape. Both Commissioner Vella and the Member States around these basins committed to renew collective efforts; some Ministers underlined that those efforts have to extend to the third countries of the basin as well. (photo: fish)

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Paving the way for sustainable fishing in the Baltic Sea – Council and Parliament agree on multiannual plan for Baltic fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 marzo 2016

balticThe European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on a multiannual plan for the most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea, following a Commission proposal in 2014. This is the first of a new generation of fisheries management plans that implement the EU’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and that aim to make the management of fish stocks more flexible and more sea-basin specific.In keeping with the CFP’s emphasis on regionalisation, the agreed plan empowers regional decision-making on technical issues that are best decided at the level of the Baltic sea basin. Member States will also be able to decide on how best to implement the landing obligation – a key part of the CFP’s drive for greater sustainability.
While Member States get a greater say on managing fisheries in their sea basin, the plan stays true to the fundamental objective of the CFP: a commitment to reach fully sustainable fisheries by 2020 at the latest. To this end, the plan not only aims to meet maximum sustainable yield (MSY) targets for cod, herring and sprat, but also contains a number of “safeguard measures” that will be triggered in case stocks fall below certain thresholds. Such additional management measures to reach MSY could, as a last resort, include a full closure of fisheries to allow fish stocks to recover.In line with the precautionary approach, the plan also allows Member States to agree on conservation measures for flatfish, which are unavoidable bycatch in cod fisheries in the Baltic Sea and for which MSY advice is not available.Commissioner Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, welcomed the agreement: “This plan sets the basis for the sustainable management of the most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. This is good news for Baltic fish stocks and for the fishermen who depend on them for their livelihood.”The plan still needs to be formally adopted by the Parliament and the Council. A first revision is planned after three years, with further revision opportunities every five years after that.
The Commission will now move forward with proposals for other sea basins. A proposal for a multiannual plan for the North Sea is next on the list. (photo: baltic)

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Ministers agree on fishing catch limits for 2016

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 dicembre 2015

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EU ministers have reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2016 in the Atlantic, North Sea and Black Sea, following discussions at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council on 14 and 15 December. Karmenu Vella, the EU’s Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, presented the Commission’s proposals which were the basis for negotiations.
Reacting to the outcome of the Council, Commissioner Vella said: “Our responsibility to our citizens and to the sector is to deliver on the objectives and ambitions of the Common Fisheries Policy. One of the fundamental objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy is that stocks are fished at a level that can keep them at maximum sustainable yield (MSY). We cannot jeopardise the longer term sustainability for the shorter term considerations. With this said, I am happy to announce that we have made good progress together with the Member States.”The Commission’s goal, and one of the pillars of the EU’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), is to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels by 2020 at the latest. Fishing at Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels allows the fishing industry to take the highest amount of fish from the sea while keeping fish stocks healthy. Europe started in 2009 with only 5 Total Allowable Catches of stocks at MSY. Yesterday’s agreement will bring 36 stocks to MSY in the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Baltic Sea and sets the foundation so that all stocks are fished at sustainable levels in the next two years.
The CFP also aims to eliminate the wasteful practice of discards in EU fisheries by gradually introducing an obligation to land all catches. The agreement therefore includes so-called quota “top-ups” for some fisheries that will come under the landing obligation in 2016. (foto: fishing)

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