Italian driftnets: illegal fishing continues

The use of driftnets to capture large pelagic species is illegal because they are a threat to the conservation of various species of cetaceans, sea turtles and sharks. The first measures against the use of this fishing gear were adopted by the United Nations more than 15 years ago. These nets, however, known as “walls … Read more

Thonaille: The use of driftnets by the French fleet in the Mediterranean

In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) agreed a resolution to establish an international moratorium from 1992 on the use of driftnets on the high seas. It was the first worldwide measure adopted against a specific fishing technique. As a result of this decision, several governments established laws to comply with the UNGA mandate. … Read more

Oceana warns about loopholes in the European Union fight against IUU fishing

The international conservation organization Oceana welcomes yesterday’s publication of EU regulation 1010/2009 that lays out rules for the implementation of a community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The EU regulation against IUU fishing foresees that fish imports to the European Union must be accompanied by catch certificates, validated … Read more

Adrift! Swordfish and driftnets in the Mediterranean Sea

In 2008, Oceana and MarViva collaborated in a campaign to definitively eliminate the use of driftnets in the  Mediterranean. Banned by the United Nations more than 15 years ago, this gear is still being used and constitutes a serious threat for cetaceans, turtles and sharks. This fishery mainly targets the already overexploited swordfish stock which … Read more

Bluefin Tuna Larval Survey

The Oceana-MarViva project represented a new effort in the Mediterranean in defense of the North Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) (BFT), one of the most important commercial species living in the Mediterranean Sea1. According to the last stock assessments carried out by the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS) of the International Commission for … Read more

Increasing U.S. Observer Funding

Oceana’s ongoing efforts to increase funding for the fishery observer program continue to produce results. Observers are trained monitors who count everything that is caught by a fishing vessel, including discarded fish, sea turtles and marine mammals. Observers are our eyes on the ocean and provide important information for fishery managers. In 2009, Congress appropriated … Read more