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EU ignores scientific advice in its setting of deep-sea fishing quotas

Seas At Risk report, 10th November 2014: “The EU’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council has agreed on deep sea fisheries quotas for 2015 and 2016 that will allow for the continuation of overfishing of these particularly fragile species. By setting the 2015-16 quotas above those recommended by scientists for alfonsinos, red seabream, black scabbardfish and roundnose […]

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BBC TV reports on Greenpeace statement that one Dutch vessel has 23% of English fishing quota

Below is a report into the Greenpeace research and report into the ownership of the English and UK fishing quotas originally broadcast on Newsnight, BBC2 5th November 2014.     Source: BBC2 Television and YouTube. For the Greenpeace report see www.greenpeace.org.uk/media/press-releases/foreign-businesses-use-nearly-half-england%E2%80%99s-fishing-quota-20141104

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New Economics Foundation records Baltic Sea 2015 fishing TACs exceed scientific advice

In a Briefing, published 31st October 2014, the New Economics Foundation record that five fish stocks in the Baltic Sea have been given fishing TACs (total allowable catch) for 2015 which exceed scientific advice. The EU undertook in its 2014 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to ensure that no stocks were over-fished in […]

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Oceana urges great caution on the EU concerning deep-sea fishing quotas

The conservation organisation, Oceana, reports 7th November 2014: “On 10th November, the Council of Fisheries Ministers of the European Union will meet in Brussels to decide catch limits for North-East Atlantic deep-sea fisheries in 2015 and 2016. These fisheries target a small number of managed species, of which most are considered to be overfished or […]

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Super-fishing boat declared a “pirate ship”

Stuff.co.nz reports, 31st October 2014: “A shadowy Chinese super-fishing boat that changes flags and names routinely as it illegally plunders the South Pacific is to be declared a pirate ship by a Wellington based international control agency. Damanzaihao, flying the Peruvian flag, it is the world’s largest fishing vessel at 49,367 tons but no one […]

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Big business, nearly half foreign owned, controls the UK’s fishing quotas

The Falmouth Packet reports, 1st November 2014: “ The scale of foreign dominance in fishing quota has been revealed by a Greenpeace investigation that which shows that 43 per cent of England’s fishing quota is held by foreign controlled fishing businesses. Greenpeace says the investigation exposes the high concentration of quota in the hands of […]

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Fish quotas resulting in “concentration rather than conservation” of the fishing industry

Emma Cardwell writes in Land Magazine, Winter issue 2013-14: “The UK’s fisheries quota system, introduced in 1999 and comprising the creation of a private market for the right to catch fish, has been called “the biggest property grab since the Norman invasion”.1 The UK government use the quota system to control how many fish can […]

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Long term dredging damage to Thames fishing grounds

Fishing News of 24th October 2014 published an article written by Tim Oliver on the findings of the Thames fishermen who have seen their fishing grounds damaged by the intense dredging operations in constructing the huge deep water container terminal at Thurrock, on the north bank of the Thames, just 20 miles east of central […]

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EU reviews fish stocks prior to 2015 quotas

In a communication, dated 28th October 2014, the EU Commission reports on present fish stocks in EU seas: Iberian waters: On the one hand anglerfish biomassbiomass The amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there is much more biomass in 1 elephant than there is […]

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EU set to license deep-sea fishing under the CFP

The Pew Foundation reports, 21st October 2014: “On the 10th and 11th November EU fisheries ministers are scheduled to decide on fishing limits for deep sea stocks in 2015 and 2016. This will be done for the first time under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The deep sea is the area of the ocean […]

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Canada says “no new fishing licences” in the Arctic

Canadian TV reports, 17th October 2014: “The federal government has implemented a ban on new commercial fisheries in the western Arctic until more research can be done. The policy, announced 17th October, has long been requested by environmental groups and follows a similar American decision that was enacted five years ago. “It’s based on the […]

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EU criticised for setting 2015 Baltic cod quotas in exceedance of scientific advice

CFP Reform Watch reports, 14th October 2014: “The decision yesterday (13th October) on fishing quotas for the Baltic Sea disregards the scientific advice for several fish stocks, notably cod. Environmental groups now criticise fisheries ministers for not following the EU’s new rules on sustainable fishing. For the western cod stock, scientists had advised that the […]

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Scottish fishermen allowed to “bank” 2014 Russian mackerel quota

BBC News reports, 13th October 2014: “Fishermen affected by the Russian food export ban are to benefit from a change in EU law allowing them to bank a quarter of their mackerel quota. The EU Fisheries Council has agreed to permit the industry to bank 25% of the 2014 quota, up from the standard 10%, […]

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EU fishermen may get “uplift” in their fishing quotas to compensate for loss of Russian market

Reuters reports, 10th October 2014: “ EU ministers will debate on 13th October 2014 whether European fishermen can extend their quota limits next year to compensate for the loss of Russian customers following Moscow’s ban on Western food imports. The European Union’s fisheries chief said she would ask ministers to support her proposal to allow […]

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New advice on which fish to eat and to avoid

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has updated its advice, 25th September 2014, on which fish species/stocks consumers should purchase or avoid. MCS states: British consumers are to avoid buying and eating wild-caught salmon because of concerns about depleted stocks resulting from overfishing. In the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) update of its sustainable seafood guide, wild-caught […]

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Pew announces ongoing campaign to end over-fishing in Europe’s north western seas

Pew reports in a News Release, 23rd September 2014: “Pew’s work focuses on the effective implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy in Europe’s north-western waters. At the end of 2013, the European Union agreed to a new conservation-oriented fisheries policy that includes legally binding targets to end overfishing and drastically reduce discards in its waters […]

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Marinet informs the EU Commission of the need for a “strong working definition” of MSFD Descriptor 3

The EU Commission has recently announced a review of the “good environmental status” Descriptors in its Marine Strategy Framework Directive. This review may possibly lead to their “revision” i.e. a new definition of “good environmental status”. As a result, Marinet has written to the EU Commission, letter dated 26th September 2014, in order to record […]

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EU Commissions asks ICES to review MSFD Descriptor 3

The European Commission is undertaking a review (Hugh of all the Descriptors (aspects of the marine environment) which define “good environmental status” in the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), and has indicated to Marinet that this review may even lead to a “revision” of the legal terms of each Descriptor. To see the advice […]

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Marinet informs the EU and OSPAR on the need for a strong definition of MSFD Descriptor 3 dealing with fish stocks

At the OSPAROSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. meeting in London on 12th September 2014, attended by the EU Commission, Marinet presented the case for both a strong definition and a genuine implementation of Descriptor 3 […]

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Warming of the seas is changing the marine ecology of the Gulf of Maine, USA

The Guardian reports, 3rd September 2014: “Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99% of the world’s […]

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