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Who owns the UK fishing industry and its fishing quotas?

Prior to the UK’s entry into the European Economic Community (EEC/EU) in 1974 and the establishment of the fishing quota system under the auspices of the European Common Fisheries Policy in 1983 UK fisheries were an open resource to UK fishermen. That is to say, UK fishermen could fish within and beyond the UK’s territorial […]

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How severe is the crisis in Mediterranean fish stocks?

In June 2018 the EU Commission reported that in the Mediterranean Sea, out of 47 stocks only around 13% (6 stocks) are not over-fished.  These stocks were red mullet in the South Tyrrhenian Sea and also the Adriatic Sea, European anchovy in the Aegean Sea, deep-water rose shrimp in the Ligurian Sea and also the North Tyrrhenian Sea, […]

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Baltic Cod stock now in critical condition: will it survive?

DW (Deutsche Welle) reports 15th April 2019:   NGOs are calling on the fisheries ministers of all EU Baltic member states to immediately end fishing in the Eastern Baltic. This follows a report by scientists showing cod stocks at a critically low level. According to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), […]

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EU still over-fishing over 40% of fish stocks, says Pew Trust

Andrew Clayton, Pew Trust, reports 4th April 2019:   The European Union is required by law to end over-fishing in its waters by 2020 but has a long way to go to achieve that, despite EU fisheries ministers’ claims that their agreed 2019 limits for more than 140 stocks show progress toward sustainability. Complicating the […]

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Cornwall IFCA faces legal challenge over refusal to halt illegal commercial fishing of juvenile bass

Fish Legal report 12th April 2019: Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has been threatened with judicial review following a decision not to introduce a new emergency byelaw which would have protected juvenile bass from commercial fishing nets. The IFCA has been given formal notice by Fish Legal, acting on behalf of its member the […]

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New fish farms in Iceland risk decimating wild salmon populations

The Guardian reports, 19th April 2019: A five-fold expansion in open-net fish farms that scientists believe could decimate Iceland’s wild salmon stocks is pitting Big Aquaculture against ecologists in the country (Iceland). Next month, a parliamentary bill is expected to extend farm licenses from 10 to 16 years, while omitting critics from oversight panels and […]

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Update on High Seas Treaty proposals and negotiations

Sciencemag.org reports, 3rd April 2019: No flag can claim the high seas, but many nations exploit them. As a result, life in the two-thirds of the oceans beyond any country’s territorial waters faces many threats that are largely unregulated, including over-fishing and the emerging deep-sea mining industry. Now, nations are negotiating the first-ever high-seas conservation treaty, which the […]

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New study shows how to protect 30% of the oceans by 2030

Oxford University news release, 4th April 2019, reports: As governments meet at the UN to negotiate towards an historic Global Ocean Treaty, a groundbreaking study by leading marine biologists has mapped out how to protect over a third of the world’s oceans by 2030, a target that scientists say is crucial in order to safeguard […]

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Hundreds of Dolphins dying on French beaches, fishermen the alleged culprits

Plantbasednews.com reports, 20th March 2019: Since December, nearly a thousand dolphins have been discovered dead on France’s Atlantic coast. Hundreds of dolphin corpses have been found washed up on France’s Atlantic coast, as a result of the industrial trawlers used by the fishing industry. The dolphins, who were accidentally caught in fishing nets, were reported to have […]

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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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