EU Fishing Subsidies, valued at over 1 billion Euros annually, are strongly implicated as a principal cause of over-fishing. Yet although these payments (EU tax money) are administered by the European Commission, the auditing system for these payments has been made effectively inoperative since 2007. We provide here a letter (dated, 6th May 2013) and [...]
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- Letter to the President of the European Commission regarding fishing subsidies
- Despite what EU Fisheries Ministers may say, CFP reform is failing
- Serious Shortcomings in the Definition of MFSD Descriptor 3 : MARINET Statement, October 2012
- Establishment of Fish Stock Recovery Areas
- Marine Strategy Framework Directive
- Briefing on Maximum Sustainable Yield
- EU Funding for the Common Fisheries Policy : European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
- EU Court of Auditors’ 2011 Report
- EU Court of Auditors’ 2011 Report on Over-capacity in the EU Fishing Fleet and the failure of the Common Fisheries Policy to respond
- House of Commons EFRA Committee consultation on CFP Reform
- Food Security is central to CFP reform, supported by the correct policy and management objectives
- MARINET has made a submission to the EU Commission
- Defining the compliance of Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy with EU law
- Wild Salmon Under Threat
- The Decline in North Sea Fish stocks between 1880 and 2010
- MARINET’s Report to Marine Scotland (Scottish Government) on whether fish farming is acceptable, or not
- Why The Boom Times Ended
- Fisheries monitoring via the use of Fisheries Log Books and Geographical Information Systems
- Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde
- MARINET’s Briefing on its Common Fisheries Policy Reform Campaign
The reality is that EU fish stocks can now only meet the EU’s requirements for fish for six months of the year due to depleted stocks and over-fishing, and the reform process has failed to recognise that a cardinal principle of CFP reform must the restoration of “food security” – namely, the ability to meet our need for fish for all twelve months of the year, and to do so year after year.
MARINET has informed the OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. Committee considering how best to define the “good environmental status” Descriptors of the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive that the definition being advanced for commercial fish and shellfish stocks has serious shortcomings and that they must be urgently addressed.
A report recommending that “fish stock recovery areas” covering between 10-20% of territorial seas of EU Member States be established.
Central to the full implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) — and the genuine reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is the scientific definition of Descriptor 3 which addresses what “good environmental status” means for commercial fish and shellfish populations. MARINET has serious concerns that the scientific definition being prepared by the EU, [...]
We provide here a discussion on the definition and meaning of “Maximum Sustainable Yield” [MSY] both within the context of the EU Common Fisheries Policy and fisheries management in general. This discussion reports on a Briefing on this subject by OCEAN2012, and provides the evidence and argument advanced by MARINET for a more practical, as opposed to scientific, definition and usage of this key fisheries management tool. Unless this more practical definition is employed, MARINET believes that neither food security nor genuinely restored fish populations can be achieved in EU seas.
We provide here the response of MARINET to the UK Government, Defra, in connection with its public consultation on whether the EU’s proposals for reform of the funding of the CFP and the objectives for that funding, via the EMFF, are correct and appropriate. Date, April 2012.
We provide here the full text of the 2012 Report by the EU Court of Auditors into whether the Common Fisheries Policy and the European governmental institutions are properly addressing the question of overcapacity in the EU fishing fleet.
We provide here the full text of the 2012 Report by the EU Court of Auditors into whether the Common Fisheries Policy and the European governmental institutions are properly addressing the question of overcapacity in the EU fishing fleet. The Court of Auditors concludes that there are serious failings and shortcomings in the CFP in [...]
We provide here MARINET’s submission made to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee in connection with the Committee’s request for public submissions about the adequacy or otherwise of the EU Commission’s draft proposals announced on 13th July 2011 for reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.
We provide here a summary of the essential objectives that reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) must implement in order to achieve the primary aim of CFP Reform, namely the re-establishment of Food Security. Presented here is our graph, researched from scientific papers, which plots the decline in the North Sea cod population [...]
MARINET has made a submission to the EU Commission in connection with the Commission’s public consultation on how fishing quotas should be set for 2012 and beyond, and how over-fishing can be eliminated — “Fishing Opportunities : COM (2011) 298 final”. Our submission explains precisely how these to key issues of CFP Reform should be [...]
We provide here a short statement, agreed with Ocean 2012, (www.ocean2012.eu) which explains how to determine whether the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, and its reform, operates in compliance with EU law. This compliance is essential not just in terms on legal principle, but also because such compliance will ensure the use of the ecosystem-based approach [...]
Wild Atlantic salmon under severe threat — We provide here the text of an article by Robert MacDougall-Davis, a biologist and writer specialising in fish ecology, about the severe threat to the survival of the Wild Atlantic Salmon, the causes of that threat, and the management strategies needed to bring the Wild Atlantic Salmon back from the brink of commercial, if not actual, extinction.
We provide here our Briefing which records the severe decline that has taken place in most stocks of commercial fish species in the North Sea between 1880 and 2010. 1880 marks the advent of the introduction of steam powered fishing practices which have been further developed throughout the subsequent 120 years to result in our [...]
This report outlines the severe stress that farming of carnivorous species — salmon, cod — places on both wild populations and the wider marine ecosystem, and examines the serious threat posed by genetic modification of farmed fish, and the serious inadequacies in the current regulatory regime for the assessment of the environmental impact of fish [...]
A fascinating history of the rise and fall of the fishing industry as told in Ian Robb’s book ‘Memories of the East Anglian Fishing Industry’.
Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform can nowadays be greatly assisted by electronic, computer-based aides that record in detail a boat’s location and its fishing activity. This means that compliance with quotas can be accurately recorded and logged and this information can, in turn, be used to manage fish stocks and their related quotas with a [...]
We provide here the article published July 2010 by Dr. Ruth Thurstan and Prof. Callum Roberts, York University, titled Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland: Two Centuries of Change in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem. This article records how overfishing in the Firth of Clyde has brought its marine ecosystem close to a state [...]
We reproduce here our briefing which explains in simple terms the urgent need for CFP Reform and, most importantly, how the our CFP Reform Campaign will deliver a result which guarantees, firstly, that commercial fish stocks will be restored to historic population levels, and secondly, their future management will maintain these restored population levels.