Why we need data from the fishing and aquaculture communities

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The famous American writer Maya Angelou once said “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

Knowing better depends on better access to facts, to data. And when we’re talking about the marine environment, data from the fishing and aquaculture communities and their activities is the gold standard.

That is why it’s so disturbing that current EU regulations don’t foresee all of this data being collected.

  • For example, this means that that when a bird is accidentally caught, fishermen don’t need to report it. We can’t fix this problem if we don’t know where, when, and why seabirds are being caught and if we can’t fix the problem, seabird populations will continue to plummet.

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MEPs set a high bar for negotiations with council on the Baltic Plan

Following the positive vote in plenary by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on the 28th of April, MEP Jaroslaw Walesa has an ambitious mandate to negotiate with the council a new plan for managing the fisheries in the Baltic.

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So what is the European Parliament’s position for the Baltic Plan?

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European Parliament makes the right move for Baltic fisheries

The European Parliament has made a move to stop overfishing in the Baltic and save marine seabirds and mammals.

We fish too much, often in the wrong places and the wrong time of the year. And whilst doing it we kill an incredible number of non-commercial fish, seabirds and marine mammals. Recently some good news has come from the European Parliament. On March 31st 2015, Members of the Fisheries Committee voted in favour of attaining Good Environmental Status (GES) of our seas by stopping overfishing and minimising the impact of fisheries activities on marine mammals and seabirds. Continue reading

How the Nordics can set precedence for fisheries management in the EU

EU decision makers are in the middle of a debate on how to manage Baltic commercial fish stocks (cod, herring, and sprat) and the impact of fishing activities on the wider environment – including the incidental catch of seabirds, known as seabird bycatch. But how can this be achieved concretely in the Baltic? And why are the decisions taken for the Baltic region so important for the rest of European countries? Continue reading

EU Fisheries Council and European Parliament reach agreement on the future of EU fisheries subsidies

Today the European Union’s Fisheries Council and the European Parliament secured a deal on the future European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. The EMFF will make available approximately €6.5 billion from 2014 to 2020 to support the EU’s fisheries sector and its maritime policies. It will be instrumental in effective implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP, including its targets to end EU overfishing and restore fish stocks.

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