European Parliament has banned fishing below a depth of 800m in the North-East Atlantic to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems of the deep-sea bed.
More responsibility for fishermen, rules favouring good fishing practice and adjusting fisheries management models to complement and improve the traditional quota system should be among the key aims of common fisheries policy reform, say MEPs in an own-initiative report approved by the Fisheries Committee last week.
Parliament voiced its support today for a ban on the trade in endangered animals, such as bluefin tuna and polar bears, and products derived from these animals.
Fish farming can help to meet growing demand for fish products without harming the environment, but to succeed, it has to guarantee quality and also win political support, MEPs and guest speakers agreed at a public hearing on Tuesday.
In the run up to the CITES meeting this month, Italy and France have changed their positions on the EU bluefin tuna trade ban, the UK has lent its support to an Appendix I listing, and the European Parliament looks set to do the same.
How to ensure fair income for fishermen in a market where production costs are rising and sale prices stagnating?
A new tracking system of bluefin tuna from catch to sale will allow closer control over the alarmingly depleting stocks in EU waters.
A stronger European aquaculture industry could help meet growing consumer demand by providing alternatives to wild fish species. But safeguards are needed to prevent environmental and public health risks, according to a new resolution adopted by the European Parliament.
New EU rules on organic food labelling including the requirement to display the new EU organic logo came into force on 1 July, 2010.
A UK fisheries delegation this week met with the new EU maritime and fisheries commissioner, Maria Damanaki, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The EU's fishing and aquaculture industries must not be exposed to unfair competition from imports, according to a new resolution adopted by European Parliament, which calls for fishery products to be classified as "sensitive" in global trade talks.
Shrimp exported from Bangladesh to the EU will undergo stringent testing procedures after the country’s testing facilities were found to be falling short of European expectations.
Members of the European Parliament have launched an initiative to press for strengthening the EU ban on shark ‘finning’ – the practice of slicing off a shark’s fins and discarding the carcass at sea.
At the AgriFish Council meeting in Brussels on Monday 27 September, Scottish fishermen will be pressing the European Commission to give a clear signal of intent that strong action will be taken against Iceland and the Faroes if the two countries fail to reach an acceptable deal on international mackerel quotas next month.
Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) must aim to ensure sustainable exploitation of resources and contribute to the 'Europe 2020' strategy by working on robust economic performance, inclusive growth and enhanced coastal cohesion, EU fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki told the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries (PECH) this week.
The Fisheries Ministers of the European Union (EU) wants to maintain fishing quotas for bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) and has rejected a 50% reduction in catches, as proposed by the European Commission (EC).
The rapid demise of Eastern Atlantic bluefin tuna, the source of prized sushi around the world, is due to a $4 billion (€2.8 billion) black market and a decade of rampant fraud and lack of official oversight, according to a new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
Shark fisheries experts say in a new report that to strengthen the European Union’s ban on shark finning, EU fishermen should no longer be permitted to remove shark fins onboard ships, and that loopholes in regulations make it possible for fishermen to fin an estimated two out of every three sharks without detection or punishment.
Negotiations to decide upon the final catching opportunity of the Scottish fishing fleet in 2011 got underway in Brussels on Monday 13 December. The majority of quotas have already been set at previous international talks but there will still be room to manoeuvre at the EU Fish Council to get a better deal on some key fish stocks.
European Parliament has endorsed a resolution on shark finning that calls on the Commission to deliver a proposal to prohibit the removal of shark fins onboard vessels.
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