March 24, 2005

Stakeholder conference on European Marine Strategy

A conference in Rotterdam on 10-11 November 2004 marked the end of the stakeholder consultation process on the development of a European Marine Strategy. The main purpose of the conference was to discuss: the basic documents for elaborating the Strategy the practical implications of applying the ecosystem approach to provide an integrated management regime the … Continued

March 23, 2005

Conference on sustainable EU fisheries

On 8-9 November, the Fisheries Secretariat and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) held a conference in the European Parliament on Sustainable EU fisheries – facing the environmental challenges. Under the patronage of the Dutch Presidency of the Council, the Fisheries Secretariat and the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) held a high level … Continued

March 23, 2005

New Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs

The new European Commissioner for Fisheries is likely to be Dr Joe Borg from Malta, a previous Minister of Foreign Affairs. According to himself, he is committed to promoting sustainable fisheries as well as improving the living conditions of fishing communities. On August 12, the new President-designate of the European Commission, José Manuel Durão Barroso, … Continued

March 15, 2005

New EU Parliament in place after elections

After the elections in all EU Member States in June, the new European Parliament opened again in July. The new Chair of the Committee on Fisheries is Philippe Morillon from France, a member of the ALDE group. Following the June 2004 elections in all EU Member States, the “new” European Parliament opened in July. At … Continued

January 15, 2005

Review of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy

The EU Sustainable Development Strategy, adopted by the Heads of State in Gothenburg in 2001, will be reviewed by the new Commission. The review will assess where the strategy has worked and where it has not, as well as what needs to be done in order to achieve further progress towards long-term sustainable development. At … Continued

January 10, 2005

Marine focus at Flora- & Fauna Conference

The theme for 2004 was the Swedish environmental quality objectives, with a special focus on the objectives for the marine environment and for forests Marine focus at Flora- & Fauna Conference The Swedish Species Information Centre hosts the Flora- and Fauna Conservation Conference in April every year. The theme for 2004 was the Swedish environmental … Continued

January 9, 2005

Special protection awarded to the Baltic Sea

On 2 April, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) meeting decided to designate the Baltic Sea as a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA). This means that further restrictions can be applied to activities in the Baltic, to protect it from potential environmental damage. For example, ships will be required to take special care when navigating through … Continued

January 8, 2005

Fisheries Council agree on measures to minimise bycatch of dolphins

On 22-23 March, the EU Fisheries Ministers agreed on a range of measures to minimise bycatch of dolphins and harbour porpoises in fisheries around Europe.

January 8, 2005

UK Strategy unit report on Fisheries

The report proposes a possible long-term strategy for creating a more competitive and profitable UK fleet…

May 6, 2004

International Secretariat for sustainable fisheries opens in Stockholm

Today, a new non-profit organisation committed to work towards more sustainable fisheries is officially launched by the Swedish Minister of Agriculture & Fisheries. The Stockholm-based Fisheries Secretariat is hoping to change fisheries policy in the EU and internationally through co-operation, information and lobbying. It has a particular mission to support and help other organisations, as … Continued