March 28, 2007

New report on IUU fishing of Baltic Sea cod

Today FISH published a report on IUU fishing of Baltic Sea cod. The report ‘A report on IUU fishing of Baltic Sea cod’ was commissioned by FISH from ORCA-EU, frollowing a study into IUU in 2005. The report is based on a review of the available literature on IUU fishing within the Baltic Sea region, … Continued

March 28, 2007

BS RAC Conference on Control and Compliance in the Baltic

A wide range of stakeholders are meeting in Copenhagen to discuss ways of dealing with illegal fishing in the Baltic Sea. The first day of the conference was set aside to discuss different perspectives on the problem, the drivers behind it, its consequences and possible steps forward. More than 140 stakeholders met in Copenhagen today … Continued

March 27, 2007

Conference on eel, European parlament 22-23 March

The Fisheries Secretariat arranged a two-day conference on the need for joint efforts to save the European eel population. The event took place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 22-23 March 2007. The aim of the conference was to inform the EU decision on management of the European eel later this Spring, as well … Continued

March 12, 2007

Nations in agreement over the need to strengthen landing control to combat IUU

FAO today reported that a large number of nations participating at the 27 FAO COFI – meeting in Rome 5 – 9 March, agreed to start working on an international protocol with the purpose of creating binding control measures in landing harbours, or harbours where fish products are redistributed or processed, in order to combat … Continued

March 12, 2007

Morocco ratifies Fisheries Partnership Agreement with the EU

Morocco ratified a Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) on 6 March with the EU. The former fisheries agreement between the EU and the Kingdom of Morocco expired in 1999. The agreement which will enter into force immediately will run for a period of 4 years. The FPA provides fishing opportunities on pelagic species and small pelagic … Continued

March 7, 2007

FAO report: Serious concern over situation of high-seas fish species

Rome, 5 March. Although the proportion of the world’s marine fish stocks rated by FAO as overexploited or depleted has remained stable over the past 15 years, the status of certain highly migratory and high-seas species is cause for serious concern, a new report from the UN agency warned today. The report is presented at … Continued

February 13, 2007

Illegal Baltic cod fishing a severe problem

An unpublished Commission evaluation of the Baltic Member States fisheries control points out Poland as the main culprit, but with severe problems in Sweden, Lithuania, Germany, Denmark and Latvia. The results are alarming, confirming the picture ICES already has pointed out, that illegal landings of cod is a major problem in the Baltic Sea. During … Continued

February 10, 2007

For Cod’s Sake?

The cod war in Poland is heated and the Polish government continues attempts to convince the European Commission that there is plenty of cod in the sea. Starting in October, counts of cod stocks in the Baltic will begin at the request of the Polish Fisheries Minister, Marek Gróbarczyk. According to a polish daily, Dziennik, … Continued

February 5, 2007

Commission review of EC deep-water fisheries fails to deliver actions

The Commission published last week a highly critical review of deep-water fisheries management. Appropriate recommendations for actions are missing, as the review is only pointing out the need for improved monitoring, control and data collection. The review concludes that reductions of the current levels of exploitation are inevitable. A much needed step is restricting licenses … Continued

January 30, 2007

Conference on Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund, Seville, Spain 25 – 27 Jan 2007

The European Commission organised a three day conference on the implementation of Priority Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) – Sustainable Development of Fisheries Regions. The conference built on two previous events; in Tallin 2005, and Porto 2006. The conference had about 60 participants, mostly representing EU member states and regional authorities. Priority … Continued