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An unpublished Commission evaluation of the Baltic Member States fisheries control points out Poland as the main culprit, but with severe problems in Sweden, Lithuania,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

January 16, 2007

US president Bush on Friday signed legislation aimed at preventing overfishing in US waters

From 2010 commercial fisheries in the US will have to set conservation plans within a two-year period. A 10-year permit system will be set, which would still allow some limited access in overfished waters. Bush urged an overhaul of provisions in existing legislation known as the Magnusson-Stevens Fish Management Act, after which the US Congress … Continued

January 3, 2007

U.N. Lifts Ban on Caviar Exports from the Caspian Sea

On Tuesday the United Nations lifted a year-old embargo on exports of most types of caviar from the Caspian Sea, which is the main source of the delicacy, regardless of the fact that Sturgeon stocks are continuing to decline. Caviar exports, with the value of as much as US$9,500 a kilo, were banned in 2006 … Continued

December 22, 2006

December Council decision on 2007 fishing levels: Too little, too late

Brussels, Belgium. European Union fisheries ministers agreed after difficulty on fishing levels for 2007, still ignoring scientific advice by setting levels so high that recovery of depleted stocks are at risk. Landings of cod in the North Sea will decrease with 14 % compared with the level of 2006. ICES, the scientific body assessing and … Continued