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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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Marine Management Organisation publishes rules of catching of Bass

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published guidance, 30th December 2016 on the rules governing the catching of sea bass. These rules read as follows (note: rules are for 2016, but also apply to 2017): If you are a commercial or recreational fisherman for bass you will need to comply with the new rules for: […]

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UK Government publishes its perspective on 2017 fishing quotas

The UK Government (Defra) has published, 14th December 2016, its perspective on the 2017 CFP agreement for UK fishing quotas: The UK government achieved agreements supporting UK fishermen and sustainable fishing at the annual EU talks on fishing quotas. Increased fishing quotas for some valuable species have been agreed at December EU Fisheries Council today, […]

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House of Lords publishes Report on Fisheries and Brexit

The House of Lords Committee on the European Union has published a report, 17th December 2016, on how it sees the issues which will determine the future for UK fisheries following Brexit. The Summary of this Report reads: The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has not always been successful in achieving its objectives of managing a mobile […]

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Scottish salmon farming “fighting a losing battle” against sea lice

The Aberdeen press and Journal reports, 2nd January 2016: “Campaigners have warned that Scottish salmon farming is “fighting a losing battle” against chemically resistant sea lice. It follows the revelation that the use of toxic chemicals to fight sea lice on salmon farms has soared by almost 1,000% in the past decade. According to official […]

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Many CFP 2017 fishing limits set too high, says ClientEarth

ClientEarth, the legal consultancy, reports, 14th December 2016: Over-fishing remains a serious threat to the ocean and to industry, as EU Fisheries Ministers once again set quotas with little regard for the law or scientific advice. The annual limits (quotas, also known as Total Allowable Catch/TAC) cover fish in the North East Atlantic and North […]

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Mediterranean swordfish recovery plan too weak, says Oceana

An Oceana Press Release, 21st November 2016, states: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) has finalised its one-week long negotiations between 51 countries. ICCAT has finally agreed on a recovery plan for the severely depleted Mediterranean swordfish, which has been overfished for over 30 years. The plan includes a modest reduction […]

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EU fish stocks could double if they are managed sustainably

Oceana Press Release, 14th November 2016: Fish catches in European waters could increase by 57% if fish stocks were exploited sustainably and based on scientific advice, according to a new research released by Oceana. The study was led by renowned fisheries expert Dr. Rainer Froese at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel […]

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Scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay SAC to recommence, amidst continued opposition

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced, 31st October 2016: The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has announced new management measures for the Scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay following an extensive consultation. The consultation followed a two-year programme of wide-ranging research by Bangor University, in collaboration with the fishing industry, within the […]

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EU Commission proposes closure of Atlantic sea bass fishery and other measures for 2017

The Guardian reports, 27th October 2016: The European Commission has proposed closures on commercial fishing for sea bass in the Atlantic, and whiting in the waters west of Scotland from next year, in order to prevent a collapse in fish stocks. Also the total allowable catch (TAC) for cod in the Celtic Sea will also […]

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