August 23, 2005

Steady stream of interest in MSC certification

Despite controversy over some high profile fisheries, the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) environmental standard for sustainable fisheries has seen a steady flow of interest in the past few years and plans to extend its global reach. Steady stream of interest in MSC certification In March 2000, Thames Herring and Western Australian Rock Lobster became the … Continued

August 15, 2005

Commission delays draft Marine Directive

As part of a wider EU Marine Strategy, a proposal for a directive to protect the marine environment has been prepared by DG Environment and was discussed by the Commission in June. The proposed directive follows a Communication from the Commission in 2002, “Towards a strategy to protect and conserve the marine environment” (COM 2002/539), … Continued

June 28, 2005

First meeting to establish a Baltic Sea RAC

On June 22, interested stakeholders met for the first time to discuss the establishment of a Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council (RAC). The new regional advisory bodies on fisheries are being established all around the EU after the CFP reform in 2002 and the Council’s Decision in July 2004 (2004/585/EC). The meeting held in Copenhagen … Continued

June 16, 2005

Closure of North Sea sandeel fishery expected

The European Commission is expected to announce the closure of the North Sea sandeel fishery this month. The Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries recommended an immediate closure of the fishery for the rest of the year, to conserve depleted sandeel stocks. The Commission will for the first time either close or scale … Continued

June 14, 2005

UNICPOLOS fails to recommend a moratorium on bottom trawling

The United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS) again failed to recommend a moratorium on bottom trawling at their sixth meeting, held in New York, 6-11 June. Despite support from several countries, the move to recommend a global moratorium was blocked by the EU and Iceland. Support … Continued

June 13, 2005

Removing cod has major repercussions for marine ecosystems

The collapse of cod stocks in the northwest Atlantic during the 1980s and 1990s has had a major impact on the entire ecosystem of the Scotian Shelf, off Nova Scotia in Canada. The results of a new study, which analysed abundances of fish, seals, invertebrates and plankton from 1960 to the present day, show that … Continued

June 9, 2005

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May 20, 2005

First proposal for Marine Bill to be discussed in the UK

A draft Marine Bill is to be discussed in the new session of the UK Parliament, which opened on 17 May. Environmental groups have welcomed the move and are urging the government to press ahead so that a full bill can be introduced quickly. The Wildlife and Countryside Link, a coalition of UK environmental NGOs, … Continued

May 13, 2005

North Sea fish moving to colder waters

A study of demersal fish species in the North Sea over a 25 year period has shown that most fish are moving deeper and further north to escape rising sea temperatures. The study, published online in the journal Science on 12 May, was led by conservation ecologists Allison Perry and John Reynolds at the University … Continued

May 13, 2005

North Sea RAC discuss spatial planning

This week, the North Sea Regional Advisory Council (NSRAC) Spatial Planning Working Group held its first meeting in London. The aim of the meeting was to set up Terms of Reference for the group, established at the Executive Committee meeting in Boulogne earlier this year. The first day of the workshop provided participants with an … Continued