EU pledges €1 million for landmark WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The EU has pledged €1 million for the Fisheries Funding Mechanism which forms part of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies reached last year. Established in November 2022, this new Fisheries Funding Mechanism aims to support sustainability in fisheries and eliminate […]

Fisheries: 2023 fishing opportunities for Atlantic, North Sea, Kattegat and Skagerrak, Mediterranean and Black Seas adopted

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. This morning, the ministers responsible for fisheries in the Council agreed on fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Atlantic, Kattegat and Skagerrak, including deep-sea stocks for 2023 and 2024, as well as the Mediterranean and the Black Seas. The two respective proposals were made by the Commission earlier […]

Fisheries: EU and neighbouring countries agree first-ever joint multiannual management plans in the Mediterranean

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Yesterday, for the first time, the EU and neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean agreed on the establishment of five fully-fledged multiannual management plans (MAPs) based on the principles of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). It is a key step in improving the environmental and […]

Fisheries management review: less overfishing, but further efforts to protect marine resources needed

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today, the Commission published its Communication “Towards more sustainable fishing in the EU: state of play and orientations for 2023” giving an annual review of EU’s fisheries management and outlining priorities ahead for 2023.  The figures, as assessed by independent scientific agencies, show that […]

State aid: Commission invites comments on proposed revision of EU State aid rules for agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is inviting all interested parties to comment on proposed revised State aid rules for the agricultural, forestry and fishery sectors. The purpose of the proposed revision is to align the current rules with the current EU strategic priorities, in particular the Common […]

Will WTO members act now to end harmful fisheries subsidies?

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean and Co-Chair, Friends of Ocean Action Every year over $20 billion of taxpayers’ money funds harmful fisheries subsidies around the world. Members of the WTO have been negotiating rules […]

€6.1 billion to promote sustainable fisheries and safeguard fishing communities

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. Parliament adopted the 2021-2027 fisheries and aquaculture fund to support the blue economy, protect biodiversity and promote international ocean governance. The new European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF), adopted on Tuesday, encourages member states to invest in making the fisheries and aquaculture sectors […]

Ending harmful fisheries subsidies would improve the health of our ocean. This is why

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maria Damanaki, Principal Advisor, SYSTEMIQ, UK; Principal Advisor, The Paradise International Foundation, China, Member of Friends of Ocean Action Subsidies paid to the global fishing industry amount to $35 billion per year, of which more than 60% meets […]

State aid: Commission approves French support measures for fisheries sector in the context of Brexit

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, three French schemes worth €100 million in total, to support the fisheries sector affected by the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU and the consequent quota share reductions foreseen in the provisions […]

EU, Norway and the United Kingdom conclude key fisheries arrangements on North Sea

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The trilateral arrangement on jointly managed fisheries stocks in the North Sea for 2021 establishes the total allowable catches (TAC) and quota sharing covering over 636,000 tonnes of fish. In parallel, the EU and Norway have concluded bilateral consultations for the shared stocks in […]

New research reveals the true extent of corruption in fisheries

This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Maxwell Hall, Media Lead, Broadcast and Programming, World Economic Forum Corruption is a problem throughout fish value chains. The consequences are widespread and more serious than just illegality. A structured, policy-based approach is needed to address this issue. […]

Adriatic Sea: MEPs adopt multiannual plan for fisheries

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. New draft rules on how, where and when small pelagic fish, such as anchovy and sardine, can be caught in the Adriatic Sea were adopted on Tuesday. The proposed multiannual plan, approved by 342 votes to 295 and 24 abstentions, would establish fishing opportunities […]

Fisheries: Commission proposes measures to conserve stocks of deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. Today the Commission has proposed Total Allowable Catches (TAC) for a number of species for 2019 and 2020, in an effort to restore deep-sea fish stocks in the North-East Atlantic. Based on scientific advice, these new measures will enable stocks to gradually rebuild to […]

90% of fish stocks are used up – fisheries subsidies must stop

This article is brought to you thanks to the strategic cooperation of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) & Peter Thomson, United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean, United Nations The name of our planet is misleading. We call it Earth. Yet, over 70% of […]

PM May fosters chauvinism, declares trade war on Europe

  Theresa May, the British PM seems to be so badly cornered by the dreadful reality she and her Brexiteer colleagues have driven their country into, that they have now started acting as if in a collective delusion. Reportedly, they have officially informed the business leaders of the entire UK, that the government may abandon […]