Spain Sanctions 25 Fishing Vessels for Disabling Public Tracking Devices

The Government of Spain sanctioned 25 Spanish-flagged fishing vessels for repeatedly disabling their automatic identification system (AIS). The sanctions, with fines of up to €60,000 (US$65,000), are a direct result of Oceana’s analysis and close collaboration with the Spanish administration. Oceana found the sanctioned vessels appeared to be fishing near Argentinian waters between 2018 and … Read more

European Parliament votes to increase transparency regarding fishing activities, but also to weaken marine conservation ambition

MEPs vote for more transparency to prevent the entry of illegal seafood on the EU market, but also endorse destructive fishing within protected areas and compromise the fight against overfishing in European waters Oceana deplores key votes at the European Parliament on the Common Fisheries Policy and the Marine Action plan, which reveal a worrying … Read more

Spain sanctions 25 fishing vessels for disabling tracking devices following Oceana investigation

Oceana’s report shows that sanctioned vessels repeatedly switched off their Automatic Identification System (AIS) while fishing The Spanish Directorate-General for Merchant Shipping has issued fines of up to €60,000 per vessel following a review of Oceana’s investigation The Spanish government has sanctioned 25 Spanish-flagged fishing vessels for turning off their tracking devices while fishing off … Read more

Oceana in Europe: 20 years rebuilding ocean abundance

For the past twenty years, Oceana in Europe has been campaigning for a healthy, abundant ocean full of life. And it has paid off! We have campaigned for many years to increase sustainable fisheries in the North-East Atlantic. When we first started our work in Europe, only 20 commercial fish stocks were exploited at sustainable … Read more

NGOs Call for Urgent Action: Conservation Measures Vital for Protection of Mediterranean Fisheries and Ecosystems

New Measures Would Allow Authorities to tackle non-compliance and illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing  As officials from Mediterranean countries gather this week for the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) annual session in Croatia, NGOs are urging the adoption of a system of corrective measures that would allow the GFCM to tackle illegal, … Read more

Call for the GFCM to increase transparency and effectively tackle non-compliance cases and IUU fishing

Ahead of the forty-sixth session  of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) in Split, Croatia  Oceana, together with Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, ClientEarth, Environmental Justice Foundation, MedReAct, Pew Charitable Trust, and WWF, who work together to protect the Mediterranean Sea against the impacts of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, are calling on … Read more

Ensuring companies address adverse environmental impacts in their value chains: The case of illegal fishing

Summary The EU’s Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD) will introduce obligations on companies to conduct environmental and human rights due diligence in relation to their operations, subsidiaries, and value chains. This briefing calls for the definition of adverse environmental impacts within CSDDD to sufficiently cover a broad range of impacts, in line with other … Read more