About: fishing quotas

Brexit 21-01-2021

Norway’s block on EU fishing vessels keeps Danish boats in port

Norway is withholding permits for British and most EU fishing vessels to catch fish in its North Sea waters while post-Brexit talks between Norway, the EU and Britain are ongoing, leaving many Danish fishing vessels moored idly in ports.
Brexit 23-10-2020

Belgium dusts off 1666 charter for post-Brexit fishing rights

Belgium may resort to a 17th century charter granted by a British king to retain fishing rights in Britain's coastal waters if London and the European Union fail to agree a trade deal by the end of this year.
Agrifood 13-12-2017

Ireland emerges as big winner of fisheries Council

Fisheries ministers pulled an all-nighter to reach an agreement on fishing limits for 2018, giving Ireland more a €20m windfall. The Council says progress has been made to achieve sustainable management of fish stocks but NGOs say the new limits are above scientific advice. And the industry was caught gate-crashing, again.
Agrifood 08-12-2017

Council and Parliament agree on ‘flexible’ fishing limits for North Sea

EU member states and Norway reached a preliminary agreement with the European Parliament late on Thursday night (7 December) on fishing limits in the North Sea ahead of next week's Fisheries Council.
Brexit 25-10-2017

EU fishermen weigh in on Brexit tug-of-war

On Monday (23 October) 60 coastal communities from nine EU countries called on EU negotiators to secure EU fishermen’s interests in Brexit talks, as the UK seeks to take fisheries out of the final deal.
Agrifood 26-09-2017

Fishing for trouble: How Europe is losing money by overfishing

Replenishing Europe’s fishing stocks could create thousands of jobs and boost the EU's GDP by €4.9 billion per year, a new study says, but environmental activists warn that governments lack the political will to implement EU guidelines on sustainable fishing.
Brexit 04-08-2017

EU fishing boats can operate in UK waters after Brexit, says Gove

The UK's environment minister has told the Danish fishing industry that boats from EU countries will still be able to operate in British waters after Brexit, as the UK does not have enough capacity to catch and process all its fish alone. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Agrifood 11-05-2016

New fishing deals with Mauritania and Liberia approved

The European Parliament has approved a new fisheries agreement with Mauritania and Liberia. Spain is set to be a big beneficiary of the plan. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Agrifood 19-04-2016

Galician fishermen share concerns with MEPs

MEPs that travelled to the north-western Spanish region of Galicia have presented their findings and concerns about the area’s all-important fishing industry to the fisheries committee of the European Parliament. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Agrifood 18-03-2016

Baltic fisheries plan promises ‘sustainable fish stocks’

European Union institutions came to an agreement Wednesday (16 March) to implement a multi-year fisheries plan for the Baltic Sea: the first of its kind since the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) was reformed. However, the plan’s actual promotion of sustainability has been questioned.
Agrifood 04-03-2016

Spanish fishermen go on pilgrimage to protest law change

Thousands of people braved the Spanish rain to protest in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela over the regional government's alleged betrayal of its all-important fishing industry.
Agrifood 17-02-2016

Spain in favour of redistributing unused fishing quotas

Spain's Minister for Agriculture, Isabel García Tejerina, called for unused fishing quotas to be "redistributed" to other countries, during a Council of Ministers meeting on Monday (15 February).
Agrifood 11-12-2015

Spain to try their luck and push for increased fish quotas

Spain intends to ask for fishing quotas to be increased for 2016, as it believes that fish stocks are stable enough to support it. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Agrifood 12-11-2015

EU moves step closer to ban on deep-sea trawler fishing

After years of setbacks, trawler fishing at depths of over 800 metres may finally be banned by the EU. Our partner Journal de l'Environnement reports
Enlargement 13-03-2015

Iceland officially drops EU membership bid

Iceland yesterday (12 March) announced it was dropping its bid to join the European Union, in line with pledges made by its Eurosceptic government after its election two years ago.
A swordfish caught in an illegal driftnet used by the Luna Rossa shipping vessel. [Gavin Parsons/Greenpeace].

Commission proposes full driftnet fishing ban

The European Commission has proposed a full ban on driftnets over concerns of damage to wildlife and their habitats.
EU Priorities 2020 23-08-2013

Iceland walks out on EU membership talks

Iceland said yesterday (22 August) that a recent election which brought eurosceptic parties to power had been interpreted by constitutional advisors as a signal to stop EU accession talks.
Agrifood 21-08-2013

Herring loss sparks EU-Faroe Island trade spat

The Faroe Islands government has reacted furiously to an EU decision to ban its fish exports to the Union. While the EU accuses the Faroes of overfishing, the small archipelago, which has Danish sovereignty, is threatening to jeopardise multilateral negotiations on herring quota allocations.
Enlargement 04-02-2013

Iceland lowers mackerel quota to appease EU

Iceland has lowered its mackerel quota in a move that could ease the risk of the European Union barring Icelandic fishermen from its ports.
Agrifood 21-12-2012

Ministers snag deal on fishing quotas

European Union fisheries ministers have hammered out a 2013 quota deal, which they said struck a compromise between protecting over-exploited stocks such as haddock and plaice and safeguarding fishermen's livelihoods.
Enlargement 25-08-2010

Iceland-EU talks threatened by ‘mackerel war’

A move by Iceland to unilaterally extend its catch limit of Atlantic mackerel to levels far higher than per usual in response to an increased presence of mackerel in its waters has been condemned by the EU's fisheries chief.

Brussels seeks sustainable fishing quotas for 2011

The European Commission has declared its intention to give due consideration to scientific data on stock depletion as it sets the EU's fishing limits for 2011.
Agrifood 06-05-2010

EU vows to tackle overfishing with policy overhaul

European Union ministers on Wednesday vowed to overhaul their 840 million euro-a-year fishing subsidies policy by next year to avoid overfishing and make the industry more sustainable.
Agrifood 24-05-2006

Fisheries aid deal blocked in Council

Member states have failed to reach an agreement to aid ailing EU fisheries, delaying a possible conclusion to the autumn. The outcome was hailed by conservationists who point out that stocks are already on the brink of collapsing.