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.
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.
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.
A proposal to reintroduce fishing subsidies in the form of grants for fuel-efficient engines in small fishing boats is causing uproar among conservationists who warn stocks are already on the verge of collapsing.
The Commission is launching consultations for an
all-encompassing approach to maritime and coastland policy aimed at
developing sustainable economic activity. Sectors concerned include
fisheries, tourism, energy and transport.