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Brexit 05-07-2018

UK vows to play hard-ball with EU over fishing waters

The UK outlined plans to overhaul its fishing policy on Wednesday, insisting that it would decide unilaterally how much access to give to EU boats after it leaves the bloc next March.
Agrifood 07-06-2018

EU should use due diligence in fisheries import

The European Parliament has adopted an initiative report this week about the conformity of fisheries products that have access to the EU market. The EU is the largest market for fish in the world and it may need to be even more vigilant to keep illegally caught fish from arriving in the EU indirectly, writes Linnéa Engström.
Agrifood 22-11-2017

Disgraceful behaviour by the EU at high-level tuna meeting in Marrakesh

While claiming to fight for the oceans and put sustainability first, the European Commission is pushing for the largest total allowable catches of bluefin tuna ever seen, without a solid scientific basis, write Linnéa Engström, Ricardo Serrão Santos and Norica Nicolai.
Agrifood 15-02-2013

EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed

The European Commission has reapproved the use of reconstituted animal protein for use in fish feed from June 2013, in a move declared "untimely" by French deputy minister for food Guillaume Garot.
Climate change 16-12-2009

EU to increase fishing of some species, cut others

European Union ministers reached a deal yesterday (15 December) to reduce many of next year's fish quotas for overexploited species, while cautiously increasing others to ensure the livelihood of fishermen.
Agrifood 27-11-2009

Fish farming seen driving food security

As global fish stocks continue to plunge, fish farming is seen as a way of contributing to food security. The EU has pledged to increase the competitiveness of European aquafarming to meet a growing appetite for seafood, but policymakers stress that this must go hand-in-hand with farming to restore fish stocks.
Climate change 10-09-2009

Commission warms to bluefin tuna ban

The European Commission decided to provisionally back a proposed ban on the international trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna on Tuesday (8 September).
Climate change 01-09-2009

EU mulls ban on tuna as stocks near collapse

The EU and its member states have made separate moves recently to tighten up controls against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. They are set to meet this week to decide whether to support a ban on bluefin tuna, as scientists warn of a looming collapse in fish stocks.
Climate change 12-02-2009

Green groups call for mercury labelling of fish

Environmental NGOs have called for fish and seafood products to carry labels indicating their level of mercury content, claiming that eating fish can be "hazardous".
Climate change 30-09-2008

Ministers back EU fisheries reform plans

EU fisheries ministers yesterday asked the Commission to "kick-start preparations immediately" for widespread reform of the Union's fisheries policy. Meanwhile environmental groups repeated calls for bloc's fleet to be reduced in size.

EU launches ‘major’ fisheries policy review

EU fisheries policy will be "fully reviewed" with "major reform" proposed by 2012 at the latest, the EU executive announced yesterday (17 September). But environmental groups said "drastic and urgent" change would be required for European fisheries to become sustainable.
Climate change 26-06-2008

EU moves to combat illegal fishing, protect ecosystems

Fisheries ministers from the 27-member bloc have given their unanimous backing to Commission proposals to combat illegal fishing and protect vulnerable marine ecosystems, in a move welcomed by European environmental groups.
Climate change 28-03-2008

EU revamps fisheries department in sustainability drive

The European Commission will restructure its fisheries and maritime affairs department along geographic lines as part of a "far-reaching" reorganisation which includes its re-branding as 'DG MARE', it announced yesterday (27 March).
Climate change 19-02-2008

EU moves to tackle illegal fishing

Ahead of new proposals to tighten controls on illegal fishing in EU waters, Fisheries Commissioner Joe Borg told ministers yesterday (18 February) that the phenomenon remains a major cause for concern due to "serious shortcomings" in the enforcement of the Common Fisheries Policy.
Climate change 01-02-2008

Fisheries: Parliament calls for discard ban

Beam trawl and cod fisheries should be selected as pilot projects for the elimination of discards with a view to extending the scheme across the entire EU fishing sector, recommends a report adopted yesterday (31 January) in the European Parliament.
Climate change 06-12-2007

Court report reveals ‘failure’ of EU fisheries management

Overfishing linked to major shortcomings in the EU’s fisheries management system is endangering European fish stocks, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.
Climate change 18-10-2007

EU to close market to illegal fisheries

The Commission has proposed tough measures to combat pirate fishing and thus protect fragile ecosystems in the high seas. Under the proposed new system, EU vessels would need to ask for permission to fish in waters not governed by international rules and importers would need to prove that their products are not a result of illegal action.
Climate change 27-09-2007

EU states warned about overfishing

The Commission has warned France, Italy and five other member states over illegal fishing in a move aimed at preventing the collapse of bluefin tuna stocks in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic.
Climate change 20-09-2007

Closure of EU bluefin tuna fishery ‘too little too late’

The European Commission yesterday closed EU fisheries for bluefin tuna until the end of the year, in a move aimed at replenishing stocks but which the Greens criticised as being "too little, too late".
Climate change 13-06-2007

EU fisheries management plans under NGO fire

Plans agreed by EU agriculture ministers to return fish stocks to safe biological limits have come under fire from environmental groups – just as the Commission is showcasing its record on green policy at a special Brussels event.

Climate-change threatening marine life, scientists say

In a new study, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) argues that climate change is fundamentally altering marine life and that the problem is compounded by human activity such as fisheries, energy production and tourism.

Council reaches long-term deal on fishing quotas

EU ministers have agreed on further restrictions for cod fishing, but experts say it is not enough to save the endangered fish from extinction.