London, 18 November 2016 - 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.
As Organizações Não Governamentais do Ambiente escreveram a Karmenu Vella, Comissário Europeu do Ambiente, Assuntos Marítimos e Pescas para comunicar a suspensão das suas atividades no Conselho Consultivo para as Águas Ocidentais Austrais, em resposta à admissão de organizações representativas dos pescadores como representantes de “outros grupos de interesse”.
Almost 20 years since the first “Earth Summit” was held in Rio de Janeiro, preparations are now well underway for the 2012 anniversary conference. With UNEP identifying “global ocean collapse” as a key emerging issue for the event, Rio+20 must deliver to save the seas.
European taxpayers pay for their fish several times over. They pay for the management of fish stocks, the collection of scientific data, the monitoring, surveillance and control of fishing activities. They pay around 1.9 billion Euro every year in European and national subsidies to the fishing sector and related sectors. And they pay for their fish at the fishmonger’s counter.
As part of a project evaluation, FISH and Seas At Risk have produced a short survey regarding the briefings they provide before all EU Fisheries Council meetings: Continue reading to give your feedback.
As an example of the project, the briefing - that has been sent out to all Fisheries Ministers, their advisors, several hundred other decision-makers and stakeholders before the December 2010 Council meeting - can be seen by following the links below. The survey takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. To fill in the surveyThe December briefing
In an open letter sent out to Ministers ahead of the December EU Fisheries Council meeting, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have called on Ministers to follow scientific advice on the majority of the fishing quotas for 2011.
In an open letter sent to Ministers ahead of the EU Fisheries Council meeting next week, Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat have set out a list of recommendations for the Council’s decisions on fishing limits in the Baltic and the EU negotiating mandate on the management of bluefin tuna by the ICCAT.
After lengthy and difficult discussions, the Council reached agreement on fishing opportunities for 2010 on 15 December.
In a press conference, Sweden's Minister for Agriculture Erlandsson and Fisheries Commissioner Borg welcomed the agreement declaring it as an important step towards sustainable fisheries within the EU. Erlandsson stressed that the Commission Proposal had been based on scientific advice, whilst Borg clarified that the proposal also tried to lessen the short-term burden on the catching sector.
The EU Fisheries Ministers failed to reach any agreement on a new technical measures regulation at their November meeting.
The Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation last week described the impacts of climate change as an “Orwellian” prospect, but failed to convince developing nations of the need for IMO action on greenhouse gas emissions from ships.
Brussels, 21st December 2006. EU fisheries ministers today continued their annual Christmas tradition of ignoring scientific advice, authorising continued over-fishing, and condemning fish stocks and fishers to a bleak future.
London, 13th November 2006. The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) will hold its 2006 Annual Meeting from the 13-17th November. On the agenda is a prohibition for orange roughy fisheries (pictured) and a freeze on the expansion of deep-sea fisheries into new, un-fished areas of the North East Atlantic.