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Oceana reports on over-fishing in UK and Irish Seas, and the lost opportunity

Oceana Press Release, 29th May 2017: An overhaul of current fisheries management could result in 87% more fish being caught in the Atlantic waters around the UK, Ireland and the north-west of France if governments stop overfishing, marine conservation organisation Oceana has announced. According to a scientific study on the status and potential of fish […]

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EU Member nations likely to want access to UK fishing grounds after Brexit

The Guardian reports, 18th April 2017: The British government’s plan to “take back control” of its waters after leaving the EU is about to be challenged by a claim from Denmark that its fishermen have a historical right to access to the seas around Britain dating back to the 1400s. Officials in Copenhagen have mined […]

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NEF reports that still only half the fish the EU eats comes from EU stocks

The New Economics Foundation reports, March 2017: Despite recent gains in terms of fish stock recovery, a number of European Union (EU) fish stocks remain over-fished, which means they produce less than if they were harvested at their maximum sustainable yield (MSY). Simultaneously, fish consumption throughout Europe remains high (22.5kg per capita, per year). The […]

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NEF reports EU still fishing at levels beyond scientific advice

The New Economics Foundation reports, April 2017 : Fisheries ministers risk damaging our natural resources beyond repair by consistently setting fishing limits above scientific advice. This is our third year running of a series of briefings to identify which member states are standing in the way of more fish, more profits, and more jobs for […]

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UK government may exclude non-UK fishing vessels from 6-12 nm area

The Daily Telegraph reports, 28th March 2017: The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is expected to announce within weeks that the UK will reclaim its waters for British fishermen by pulling out of a deal that pre-dates the EU. The Prime Minister will take Britain out of the 1964 London Convention which allows European fishing vessels […]

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EU declares it will solve Mediterranean fishing crisis

The EU Commission announced, 30th March 2017: Following months of negotiations, the European Commission has secured a 10-year pledge to save the Mediterranean fish stocks and protect the region’s ecological and economic wealth. The Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, a practical example of EU’s successful neighbourhood policy, sets out a detailed work programme for the next 10 […]

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Mediterranean fish stocks: over 90% now over-fished, says Oceana

Oceana reports, 9th February 2016: A recent assessment by the EU on its Mediterranean fish stocks has revealed alarming data: 96% of stocks managed exclusively by EU countries are fished over the limits of what is considered by science as sustainable. Some non-migratory species, for example Mediterranean hake, have been overfished up to 14 times […]

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Oceana report records the extent of over-fishing of European stocks

Oceana reports, November 2016: In order to obtain a complete overview of fisheries in Europe, Oceana has commissioned the most comprehensive scientific report to date on the state of fish stocks in Europe and their potential productivity if managed in a sustainable way. The findings of this independent study confirm that only a minority of […]

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EU provides £6 million to study challenges to fishing in the Irish Sea

ITV News reports, 6th March 2017: More than £6m in EU funding is being given to researchers investigating the risks posed by climate change to the sustainability of fish stocks in the Irish Sea. Two projects are to be carried out in a bid to help protect and develop marine life and fishing industries in […]

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Oxygen levels in the oceans are declining, say scientists

Time.com reports, 17th February 2017: Oceans across the globe are slowly losing oxygen, which poses a major problem for every living marine animal and underscores the serious consequences of climate change, researchers say. A new Nature study published this week found that oxygen levels in worldwide oceans have dipped by more than 2% in the […]

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Scottish salmon farming said to be in a sea lice “crisis”

BBC News Scotland reports, 14th February 2017: Marine Harvest, the largest producer of Scottish salmon, says it is losing around 1,500 tonnes of fish per year, out of nearly 40,000 tonnes produced. As consumer demand for fish increases, the price has soared to record levels in recent months. That is expected to feed through to […]

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Sustainable tuna fishing in the Pacific can lead to fish food security, says WWF

Dermot O’Gorman, CEO of WWF Australia, writes in The Guardian, 15th February 2016: There has never been a more urgent time for seafood businesses and fishing nations to make a commitment to sustainability. The world’s oceans are in trouble, with marine life plummeting and the people who are dependent on the sea for income and […]

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EU to regulate EU fishing operations outside of EU waters

Oceana reports, 2nd February 2017: The EU has one of the largest fishing fleets operating around the world, and its activities represent 28% of total EU catches. The European Parliament has voted on the European Commission’s proposal to sustainably manage the activities of the EU’s fishing fleet operating outside European Union waters. EU fishing vessels […]

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Fish production and processing has become “globalised”

Yahoo News.com reports, 16th January 2017: That smoked salmon you bought for the New Year’s festivities has a story to tell. The salmon may have been raised in Scotland — but it probably began life as roe in Norway. Harvested at a coastal farm, the fish may have been sent to Poland to be smoked. […]

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Scottish fishing discard rules “not enforced”, says WWF

BBC News reports, 27th January 2017: The ban on discards in the fishing industry is being undermined because it is not being effectively policed, WWF Scotland has warned. The number of Scottish boats carrying cameras — which monitor the fish being caught — has halved since the scheme was introduced. New species were added to […]

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True level of global fishing 50% greater than figures being reported, say scientists

The Blue Marine Foundation reports, 16th January 2017: The Zoological Society of London and the Turing Institute, along with the Blue Marine Foundation, co-hosted a lecture by Professor Daniel Pauly and Dr Dirk Zeller in London on 12th January 2017.  Professor Pauly and Dr Zeller from the University of British Columbia were presenting the findings […]

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50% or more of shark and ray species in the Mediterranean now endangered

Mongabay.com reports, 6th December 2016: More than 50 percent of the sharks and rays native to the Mediterranean Sea are at a high risk of extinction, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced Monday. The major driver of their decline is over-fishing, researchers say. In the 2016 regional assessment of the Mediterranean Sea, […]

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New fish stocks join CFP discard ban

Worldfishing.net reports, 2nd January 2017: UK fisheries minister George Eustice announced on New Year’s Day that the latest phase of the discard ban for demersalLiving on the seabed species has now come into force. According to DEFRA, the landing obligation — otherwise known as the discard ban — has been gradually introduced to allow time […]

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ClientEarth researches enforcement of CFP Rules in England by MMO and IFCAs

The EU has a control system for ensuring compliance with the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy — this is Council Regulation (EC) No. 1224/2009. This is known in UK law as the “Control Regulation”, and is an essential management instrument to ensure that the CFP’s rules are being observed by fishermen and enforced by […]

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Weak enforcement is undermining the Common Fisheries Policy, says ClientEarth

ClientEarth reports, 9th December 2016: EU fisheries law is not being properly enforced and fines for illegal fishing are rare. When fines are given, they are very low — in some regions, the average is as little as €288. This is undermining efforts to end over-fishing. ClientEarth’s new report, which focuses on England, the Republic […]

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