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UK trawlers are ignoring the ban on the discarding of fish at sea

The Guardian reports, 8th February 2019: Public backing for a ban on discarding edible fish at sea has been thwarted by the reluctance of the fishing industry and the government to put an end to the wasteful practice, the House of Lords has found. Discards were officially banned in January, after a five-year phase-in period, […]

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“Fishing For Leave” explains why EU Withdrawal Agreement is a “sell-out”

David Scullion, Brexit Central 18th November 2018, interviews Aaron Brown, Fishing For Leave, and reports on the UK Fisheries Bill currently before the UK Parliament. The Fisheries Bill is due for its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday 21st November 2018, the first time the Government has attempted to take back sovereignty […]

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Marinet publishes YouTube recording of its UK Universities Seminar

Marinet is currently embarking on a series of seminars at UK universities in which it presents the scientific evidence and arguments for a paradigm change in the governance of human activity in the ocean, as explained by Marinet Member, Deborah Wright, in her publication Conserving The Great Blue. This two hour long seminar has been […]

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PEW Trust reports on EU strategy behind CFP fishing limits

In a report titled A New Double Standard for EU Fisheries?  The Pew Trust reports, July 2018: Management of cod and other species in the European Union is complex because populations are divided into various stocks, depending on location, and subject to a range of catch limits. The process has been further complicated this year […]

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World’s wild fish stocks continue to decline, whilst aquaculture expands

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) has published its State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2018, presenting FAO’s official world fishery and aquaculture statistics. Global fish production peaked at about 171 million tonnes in 2016, with aquaculture representing 47 percent of the total. In 2016, 88 percent of the total fish production […]

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Seahorse Trust launches a “Stop The Curio Trade” campaign in seahorses worldwide

The Seahorse Trust has announced in its latest newsletter that it is launching a campaign to protect seahorses from being exploited worldwide by the curio trade. This campaign is necessary the Trust believes because, unless successful, pressure on seahorse species globally from this trade and other practices e.g. fishing and medicinal use, will lead to […]

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“Ghost” fishing gear is having a profound marine impact, says new report

The World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) has published a report which studies the profound impact that “ghost fishing gear”  is having on marine animals.  The report, titled Ghosts beneath the waves states: As fishing intensifies, more fishing gear is being lost or abandoned and this is contributing to our ocean’s plastic problem. It’s […]

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Nearly 50% of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from fishing

Nature.com publishes an article by L. Lebreton et al, 22nd March 2018, titled Evidence that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic. The authors state: Ocean plastic can persist in sea surface waters, eventually accumulating in remote areas of the world’s oceans. Here we characterise and quantify a major ocean plastic accumulation zone […]

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What is the condition of the world’s fisheries in 2018?

In July 2007 the NGO Oceana wrote and published a report State of the World’s Fisheries, subtitled What Will Be the Future of the Oceans?  We bring readers attention back to this Ocean report because we are now 10 years on since its first publication.  The question we ask is, have things changed? The Oceana […]

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UK Fisheries post-Brexit : The Management Principles

We reproduce here the summary of the report Net Gain — Opportunities for Britain’s Fishing Industry post-Brexit written  Shanker A. Singham  of the Institute of Economic Affairs.  This report concentrates on an economic perspective and explores how a British Fishing Policy can maximise the economic advantage for UK commercial fishing interests post-Brexit In contrast, Marinet […]

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Marinet’s submission to UK Parliament Select Committee is critical of marine governance

Marinet has made a submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee and its Inquiry titled “Sustainable Seas”. Marinet has informed the Select Committee that: We believe that there is a profound dishonesty in the way in which Government and Parliament conducts its affairs with regards to the sea and ocean. It makes […]

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Senior European Experts provide a Briefing on UK Fisheries following Brexit

We provide a link to the article written by the independent group known as Senior European Experts who have written an in-depth Briefing on the issues likely to govern the nature of UK Fisheries following Brexit. The Briefing is titled Fisheries: The Transition Agreement and Future Arrangements and can be viewed here.  

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Commonwealth Nations agree to a Blue Charter to tackle global ocean issues

The Commonwealth Secretariat News Release, 20th April 2018, reports: Commonwealth leaders today agreed on a bold, co-ordinated push to protect the ocean from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing. Their landmark decision to adopt a Commonwealth Blue Charter will affect one third of the world’s national coastal waters, helping to sustain livelihoods and […]

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“Grey Fish” in Scotland – the catch that escapes the radar : the problem and solution

Openseas.org.uk reports 17th April 2018: The recent incident of illegal dredging in a Scottish MPA has exposed a serious problem for producers and consumers of Scottish seafood, highlighting that we don’t know, with any geographical accuracy, where much our seafood comes from. Our follow-up investigations suggest that legally and illegally caught fish and shellfish is […]

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UK Seas in Crisis : Will Brexit change things?

Note: This article was commissioned by The Marine Quarterly which has agreed to the publishing of an abridged version in its Summer edition. The decline in both the health and diversity of life of British seas is a subject much reported upon. Yet in addressing the meaning of Brexit in this context it is first […]

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EU Parliament votes to ban commercial electric pulse trawling for fish

BBC News reports, 16th January 2018: Members of the European Parliament have voted to ban commercial fishing using an electric current in EU waters, so-called pulse fishing. Opponents say the method is equivalent to putting a Taser in the water. The European Commission and the Dutch government say it is better for the environment than […]

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Scottish Government invites public contributions to an inquiry into the environmental impact of salmon farming

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (C.O.A.S.T.) reports, 2nd February 2018: The Scottish Government is inviting views from the public before 8th February 2018 on the issues covered in a new report about the environmental interaction of salmon farming within the wider marine environment. The report is titled Review of the Environmental Impacts of Salmon […]

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Seas-At-Risk organisation evaluates new fishing proposals, including electric pulse fishing

Seas-At-Risk press release, 21st November 2017: The European Parliament Fisheries Committee [has taken a decision which] seriously weakens marine environmental legislation. The European Parliament Fisheries Committee today [21st November] voted on a proposal that will revise legislation on the protection of fisheries resources and marine ecosystems. The proposal merges more than 30 existing regulations and […]

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Concerns rise over electric pulse fishing, say small boat fishermen

Lifeplatform.eu reports 5th September 2017: A meeting in Nieuwpoort, Belgium on 1st September, organized by Belgian inshore fisherman Jan De Jonghe and attended by a variety of commercial fishermen from the UK, Belgium and Holland as well as staff from the Low Impact Fishers of Europe Platform [LIFE] and researchers from the Marine Institute, highlighted […]

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EU Parliament’s Fishing Committee votes to legalise electric pulse sea fishing

Thejournal.ie reports 26th November 2017: A branch of the European Union has voted to allow an untested type of fishing that sends electric shocks through the seabed. The European Parliament fisheries committee decided to allow “electric pulse” fishing to be considered conventional, a move which would allow EU states to licence it like any other […]

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