The Commission published on January 30 a Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030. The Paper forms part of the EU’s firm commitment to deliver on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Also, under the possibility of a no-deal Brexit scenario European Commission adopted a final set of contingency proposals.
During the ‘Our Ocean 2018’ conference in Bali, Nestlé and Tesco joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative to address the 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear, also known as ghost gear, ending up in the oceans every year. Ghost gear is abandoned, lost and discarded fishing nets, lines and traps.
A new project launched under the DNVGL-led Green Coastal Shipping Program with the aim to make fishing fleet more sustainable in Norway. It is focused on reducing the overall emissions emitting from fishing fleet and discovering best practices in long term.
NGO Friends of the Sea (FoS) is set to include a new sustainable shipping standard in the next update of its sustainability certification criteria, in a bid to ensure that seafood is transported in an environmentally friendly manner as possible.
The Australian Border Force (ABF) and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Defence Force Maritime Element conducted a PNG Government led joint patrol to identify and intercept Vietnamese illegal fishing vessels operating in the vicinity of Budi Budi Island (an Atoll) in Milne Bay.
Oceana has released new research study, led by renowned fisheries expert Dr. Rainer Froese at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel in Germany, providing the most comprehensive overview so far of overfishing in European fish stocks, analysing 397 stocks compared to around 150 monitored by the European Commission.
In preparation for the December Fisheries Council, where Member States will negotiate fishing quotas in the Atlantic and North Sea for 2017, the Commission is presenting its proposal for healthy and sustainable stocks.
The European Commission has proposed fishing opportunities for deep-sea fish stocks in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic for 2017-2018. Based on the scientific advice, the Commission has proposed to keep the Total Allowable Catch unchanged for 1 stock and to reduce the TACs for 10 stocks in order to prevent their over-exploitation.
Twenty five organizations have sent their letter to President Obama calling for the expansion of the proposed Seafood Import Monitoring Program to ensure that any seafood sold in the U.S. is not only legally caught and honestly labeled, but is not produced using forced labor or in violation of any human rights laws.
According to a new report by FAO, almost a third of commercial fish stocks are now overharvested at biologically unsustainable levels. FAO urges for more work to rein in overfishing
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