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Continue reading NGOs send joint letter to Commissioner Vella calling on the Commission to ensure effective implementation of new EU regulation to protect deep-sea ecosystems from the harmful impacts of deep-sea fishing
Source: New Economics Foundation
Author: Griffin Carpenter
Fisheries ministers risk damaging our natural resources beyond repair by consistently setting fishing limits above scientific advice. This is our third year running a series of briefings to identify which Member States are standing in the way of more fish, more profits, and more jobs for European citizens.
The European Parliament today concluded a long process of negotiation by voting to adopt a new regulation on deep-sea fishing, including a ban on bottom trawling below 800 meters in EU waters, and an obligation to close deep-sea areas to bottom fishing to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems (VMEs). The Parliament vote to approve the regulation paves the way for its entry into force early in the new year. The priority now is to ensure vigorous and effective implementation.
Source: Seas At Risk
The annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission closed today without agreement regarding management of the deep-sea fish orange roughy. The Commission also agreed on total allowable catches of 7,500 tonnes for redfish in the Irminger Sea. These decisions leave both vulnerable species subject to overfishing, despite clear scientific advice to not allow any direct fishing for them.
Marine conservation experts call on the European Council of Fisheries Ministers to prohibit fishing for endangered deep-sea species. The Council will meet on 14-15 November to decide on Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic*.
Source: The Pew Charitable Trusts
Fishing industry groups in the European Union recently drew attention to the importance of implementing the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and to the contents of Turning the Tide, a report published earlier this year by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report tells the story of decades of overfishing in Europe’s north-western waters and the impact this has had on fishing communities and the fish stocks on which they depend.
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Luxembourg urged to lead negotiations to conclusion for new EU regulation on deep-sea fishing
As the EU Fisheries Council working group meets today in Brussels to discuss the new EU regulation on deep-sea fishing, representatives of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC), with Sea Rose – a model deep-sea roundnose grenadier fish – met today in Luxembourg city with the Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection, Mr. Fernand Etgen, to call on him to shepherd to conclusion negotiations for a regulation that ensures sustainable fisheries and protects vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems.
As the European Union Fisheries Council meets today in Luxembourg, the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition calls on Ministers to progress negotiations of a new regulation for the management of deep-sea fisheries so it may be concluded without further delay.