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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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Marinet publishes proposals for the UK fishing industry following Brexit

Marinet has assessed, October 2016, where the UK fishing industry currently stands in terms of the size of UK stocks which are severely depleted from a historical perspective, and in the context of the unsustainable nature of fishing practices brought about by the dominance of large fishing vessels abetted by the introduction of the quota […]

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What is “Fair Fishing”?

Greenpeace have produced a definition and poster which addresses this subject. “Fair fishing means taking what you need and nothing more. It means viewing the seas as a common good and not as source of enrichment for the few. Hundreds of thousands of low-impact fishers are doing just that, using fishing gear with a minimal […]

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EU fishermen take more fish out of UK seas than UK fishermen

A study undertaken by Dr. Ian Napier for the NAFC Marine Centre, University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland, reports 11th October 2016: It is estimated that, based on an analysis from 2012 to 2014, fishing boats from other EU countries caught 58% of the fish and shellfish landed from the United Kingdom’s Exclusive Economic […]

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Oceana sounds warning over Baltic cod stocks in advance of EU meeting

Oceana reports, 7th October 2016: On Monday 10th October, European Union fisheries ministers will convene in Luxembourg at the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to decide on fishing limits, or total allowable catches (TACs), for commercial fish stocks of the Baltic Sea. Due to the extreme state of western Baltic cod following decades of over-fishing and […]

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Campaign launched to secure improved labelling of fish sold in supermarkets

Anya Hart Dyke has launched a campaign to secure better labelling of fish in order to ensure that consumers know more accurately how the fish has been bred and sourced. This campaign, advanced by a 38 degrees petition, is addressed to the CEO of Tesco. The text of the petition reads: “Please label all your sea bass, king […]

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The Pew Trust publishes “10 reasons to end over-fishing in Europe”

The Pew Trust has published, September 2016, 10 reasons why over-fishing of EU stocks should be brought to an end. The 10 points are as follows: Fish stocks would be allowed to recover. Too many assessed stocks in EU waters remain outside safe biological limits. Ending over-fishing would finally allow these stocks to rebuild and […]

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World-wide monitoring of fishing now possible, and implementation active

Oceana reports, 15th September 2016: Oceana, SkyTruth and Google today launched the public Beta of Global Fishing Watch, a new online technology platform that allows anyone in the world free access to monitor and track the activities of the world’s largest commercial fishing vessels in near real-time. By providing the first free global view of […]

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FishingTV : The true cost of farmed salmon

The online film site, FishingTV, reports September 2016: Sometimes we at FishingTV come across a film that we feel that everyone needs to see, no matter whether they’re an angler or not. Last week we uploaded one that without doubt falls into that category. Salmon Confidential is an in depth documentary looking at the plight […]

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Pacific tuna stocks continue to be fished unsustainably

The Guardian reports, 2nd September 2016:  Pacific island states and countries failed on Friday to strike a deal to protect shrinking supplies of tuna and adopt cutbacks following a regional conference, officials said, sparking condemnation from conservationists. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest tuna fishing ground, accounting for almost 60% of the global catch. […]

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Campaign to Save Cardigan Bay from scallop dredging awaits Welsh Government response

Mick Green, organiser of the “Welsh Government : Save Cardigan Bay!” petition and campaign has provided an update, 24th August 2016: “Thank you for your patience. We have heard nothing from Welsh government but are expecting a decision in the autumn. We asked the new Minister, Lesley Griffiths, for a meeting to represent the 30,000 of you […]

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China expanding its long-distance fishing fleet, says Greenpeace

The Guardian reports on a Greenpeace Report, 9th August 2016: China’s vast, long-distance fishing industry has expanded to more than 10 times the size of America’s and its growth is depleting fisheries and creating conflicts, according to a Greenpeace report. From 2012 to 2014, the number of Chinese vessels involved in “distant water fishing” [DFW] […]

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NEF Blog: Untangling UK and EU fisheries: Is it possible? Is it desirable?

Griffin Carpenter writes in his New Economics Foundation (NEF) Blog, 26th July 2016: The EU’s track record turning around fisheries management, benefiting UK communities, fishers and the marine environment, did not get the airtime it deserved throughout the referendum debate. The key question now is whether we can continue to build on these achievements post-Brexit […]

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Crisis for the Sea Bass fishery gets worse

B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society) reports 6th August 2016: Sea Bass is facing an environmental disaster. The spawning population is now dangerously low due to commercial fishing. EU scientists said in April 2015: “The spawning stock biomassThe amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there […]

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Regulating Order for sustainable fishing in Firth of Clyde rejected by Scottish Government

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) reports, 28th July 2016: SIFT is disappointed by the Scottish Government’s decision not to approve its Clyde Regulating Order application. We regard this decision as a missed opportunity for Scotland’s vulnerable coastal communities, who have suffered from decades of economic decline under short-term fisheries policies. Note: The Sustainable Inshore […]

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90% of global fish stocks now over-fished or fully fished, says UN

The Guardian reports, 7th July 2016: Global fish production is approaching its sustainable limit, with around 90% of the world’s stocks now fully or over-fished and a 17% increase in production forecast by 2025, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Over-exploitation of the planet’s fish has more than tripled since the 1970s, […]

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