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EU Commissioner says sustainability and data collection are at the heart of fishing subsidies reform

In a reply to Marinet’s letter of 20th May 2013 the EU Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, has informed Marinet that environmental sustainability is at the heart of the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and reform of the newly named European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) which disburses fishing subsidies. Commissioner Damanaki also informs Marinet that the Commission […]

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Marinet seeks accountability and transparency in the recording of EU fishing subsidies

Marinet has written, 6th May 2013, to the President of the European Commission, Manuel Barroso, and the Fisheries Ministers of Member States to request transparency and accountability in respect of subsidy payments made to vessels in the EU fishing fleet from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). These subsidies total over 1 billion Euros annually. Following […]

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Greenpeace apprehensive and “disappointed “about EU negotiations on CFP Reform

Greenpeace reports, 15th May 2013, Brussels: “Another marathon session of negotiations on the reform of EU legislation on fisheries has ended in disappointment, said Greenpeace. The ministers have been meeting in Council since Monday to revise their position on the main points of the reform before going into final negotiations with the European Parliament. Commenting […]

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NFFO believes “regionalisation” is the key CFP reform agreed at Council of Ministers meeting

The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) comments, 15th May: “The agreement reached by the Council of Ministers in Brussels in the early hours of 15th May represents an important staging post on the tortuous passage to CFP reform. The agreed form of words gives the Irish Presidency a mandate to finalise negotiations with the […]

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EU Fisheries Ministers agree to a partial discards ban, and to quotas based on MSY but with no dates

Fisheries Ministers from across Europe have come to an agreement on 14th May on a sweeping reform of fisheries policies, but fell short of the most ambitious changes that green campaigners had demanded. They agreed to ban the wasteful practice of discarding healthy fish at sea, but most of the ban will be phased in […]

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UK Fisheries Minister identifies 3 key principles for CFP reform

Richard Benyon, the UK’s fisheries minister, has vowed to drive “ambitious and radical reform” of the EU’s common fisheries policy at a key meeting in Brussels, week commencing 13th May. In an interview with the Guardian, he listed three main goals for the UK – to ensure that a new proposal for fishing to be […]

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Irish Presidency of the EU is optimistic about agreed CFP Reform, possibly by June

The Irish Republic’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has welcomed the commitment by Director Generals for Fisheries of EU Member States (meeting at the National Seafood Centre, Clonakilty on Tuesday 16th April) to achieve agreement on CFP reform by the end of June. The meeting, hosted by the Irish Presidency, […]

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UK Marine Minister, Richard Benyon, defends his MCZ policy

UK Marine Minister, Richard Benyon MP, writes in The Guardian, 8th March 2013: “Just off Beachy Head there is an area of the Channel where sea bream reproduce. This remarkable fish pairs with its mate and creates an area of seabed that it will defend for around six weeks until spawning has ceased. This is […]

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Trade in UK fishing quotas remains secret, says MP

On his website Shadow Fisheries Minister, Tom Harris MP, reports 5th March 2013: “The government agency responsible for managing Britain’s fishing stocks has publicly contradicted its own minister over the vexed question of who owns the nation’s fishing quota. “Shadow fisheries minister Tom Harris today blasted confusion at the very heart of the Department for […]

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Prof. Callum Roberts outlines the urgent task the new Global Ocean Commission must tackle

Prof. Callum Roberts writes in The Observer, 10th February 2013: “The oceans are changing faster today and in more ways than at any time in human history. We are the cause. Which is why I welcome the launch of the Global Ocean Commission, dedicated to ending the neglect, in international affairs, of the high seas. […]

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“Historic vote” in European Parliament to reform the CFP

The European Parliament voted on 6th February 2013 to ban the wasteful practice of throwing away healthy fish at sea in a victory for campaigners and green groups after more than two years of procedural wrangling. Campaigners in Strasbourg for the “historic” vote on the EU common fisheries policy (CFP) were jubilant. After significant opposition […]

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Newsletter January 2013

  Our newsletter number 42 for January 2013 is now available here.  

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Marinet launches CFP petition on Avaaz

John Stansfield, Marinet’s CFP campaigner, has created a petition on Avaaz to be delivered to MEPs at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on 6th February. This petition is asking for MEPs to vote in support of the Fisheries Report and the block of amendments to the Basic Regulation (law) of the CFP which are being recommended […]

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EU Fisheries Ministers agree CFP reforms, but are strongly criticised

EU Fisheries Ministers have reached a provisional deal to reshape the Common Fisheries Policy, long blamed for overfishing. The deal has been hailed by the UK environment ministry Defra but criticised by the EU fisheries commissioner and environmentalists. A EU Commission source told BBC News the new funding arrangements would continue to promote overfishing. He […]

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MARINET informs OSPAR Committee on shortcomings in MSFD Descriptor 3 definition

MARINET, which has Observer status at OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. , has informed the OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the […]

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European Parliament report says CFP should create “fish stock recovery areas” covering 10-20% of the sea

A report, “Establishment of Fish Stock Recovery Areas”, for the European Parliament, published September 2012 and written by Callum Roberts and Julie Hawkins, University of York, UK, argues that the new Basic Regulation of the Common Fisheries Policy should be amended in order to establish “fish stock recovery areas” covering between 10-20% of the sea. The […]

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Suffolk small boat fishermen add their voice to CFP Reform

The future of Suffolk’s fishing industry continues to be under threat from unfair quotas that are in urgent need of reform. Current limits on the amount of fish that boats under 10m can catch mean many fishermen are being forced to quit, it has been claimed. Places including Aldeburgh and Lowestoft have seen the number […]

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EU Commission seeks a way to eliminate deep sea fishing

The European Commission wants to tighten its oversight of deep-sea habitat, proposing yesterday to phase out deep-sea trawling, reduce discards of unwanted fish, and implement scientific quotas for fishing. “If you want to take deep-sea fish, you have to do it in a sustainable manner,” says Oliver Drewes, a commission spokesperson for maritime affairs and […]

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