In a mixed bag of voting outcomes, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee (PECH) has called for more transparency around fisheries activities and traceability to seafood supply chains, while simultaneously weakening the existing rules for controlling EU fishing activities.

NGOs including Seas At Risk, Sciaena, Our Fish, Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and more, hosted a media briefing followed by a Q/A session to announce the publication of ‘Back to the source’, a joint paper outlining 10 ocean-related solutions for the implementation of the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies. The briefing took place ahead of the release of the EU Parliament draft Own Initiative (INI) report on the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030, which was presented in both the Environment and Fisheries Committee on January 14th.

Early this morning European Fisheries Ministers concluded negotiations on an atypical December AGRIFISH Council meeting, with the pending outcome of Brexit impacting this year´s agenda.

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