June 11, 2007

Management Plan for eel finally agreed

With only a few per cent left of the European eel population, EU Ministers finally agreed on a joint management plan today. The European Management plan on eel was proposed by the European Commission in October 2005, and has been debated off and on since then. Efforts to find agreement intensified early this year with … Continued

June 7, 2007

Eel is the hot topic all around

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has been drawing attention to the serious state of eel stocks for almost ten years and calling for measures to improve the situation, but without major effect. This week a listing of eel under CITES Appendix II is being negotiated and next week the European … Continued

April 24, 2007

Sargasso eels still elusive

The Danish Galathea 3 expedition spent nine days fishing for eels in the Sargasso Sea, hoping to solve the mystery of their reproduction. But the mystery remains. The area is like a biological desert according to ICES scientist Henrik Sparholt. The Galathea 3 expedition, initiated in August 2006, is the largest Danish research expedition in … Continued

April 23, 2007

FAO to develop aquaculture certification guidelines

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said Friday it is working with certification bodies, producer groups, processors and consumer organizations to draft guidelines on how aquaculture certifications should be established and applied. The guidelines will be a shared roadmap rather than certification standards of themselves, which will ensure that certifiers of farmed seafood … Continued

April 17, 2007

Still no decision on the European Eel

No decision on the proposed Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel (COM(2005)472) was made at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting on 16-17 April in Luxembourg. There is still a disagreement on issues related to glass eel restocking in the regulation proposal that remains to be solved before an … Continued

March 29, 2007

Commission proposes ban on discard

On 28 March, the European Commission adopted a communication on reducing unwanted catches and eliminating discards in European fisheries. The proposed approach involves the adoption of a discard ban and the setting of standards for maximum acceptable by-catch. The idea is that this will provide an incentive for fishers to harvest only what can be … Continued

March 29, 2007

Press release from the BS RAC regarding the Conference on Control and Compliance, 28-29 March 2007

The Baltic Sea RAC concludes that the two-day conference on Control and Compliance in Copenhagen was successful, and among other things made Baltic sea Fisheries ministers commit to combat IUU fishing. All EU countries in the Baltic Sea area agree to combat illegal and unreported fishing A draft action plan for the sectors involved in … Continued

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