8 April, 2014

Source: European Union Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B – Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries, 2014.

This Analysis examines the situation in the fishery for deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic. It presents an overview of the legislation for management of the stocks and compares the NEAFC management regime with the EU regime and the legislation in the coastal states in the North-East Atlantic. The note recommends a revision of the list of species that at present defines deep-sea fisheries, and a change in EU legislation for defining deep-sea fishing vessels. It also encourages coastal states in the North Atlantic to build on the measures agreed in NEAFC in national waters.

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31 January, 2014

Following the controversial outcome of the 10th December European Parliament vote on the phase out of deep-sea bottom trawling, the Intermarché fleet, Scapêche, has “reached out” to NGOs to discuss the group’s deep-sea fishing practices in the northeast Atlantic.

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1 January, 2012

As currently practised, deep-sea fishing has serious and widespread environmental consequences for deep-sea fishing countries, the international community, and ocean ecosystems. Studies reveal that deep-sea fishing fleets around the world are causing significant harm to the ocean ecosystem by damaging vulnerable marine ecosystems both within their Exclusive Economic Zones and on the high seas. Such damage occurs through bottom contact with fragile habitats and the overfishing of highly vulnerable deep-sea species. Many deep-sea species are now believed to be depleted regionally, if not globally.

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