More than 150,000 Europeans call on EU to ban bottom-trawling to protect ocean and climate

A giant colourful pop-up book depicting the devastation caused by destructive bottom trawling – and how the marine environment thrives in its absence – was delivered to European Union (EU) Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevi?ius by NGOs this morning, on behalf of more than 150,000 Europeans who have signed a petition calling for the EU to phase out destructive fishing practices, starting … Read more

EU fisheries Council turns a blind eye to overfishing 

Today, EU fisheries ministers have reached an agreement on 2022 fishing opportunities, which includes 23 catch limits for fish populations managed exclusively by the EU in the North-East Atlantic as well as fishing effort restrictions for Mediterranean waters. Oceana condemns the EU for not closing the gap between the scientific advice and the adopted fishing … Read more

Ministros das Pescas da UE fecham os olhos à sobrepesca

COMUNICADO DE IMPRENSA – 14/12/2021 Contacto   Emily Fairless, Oficial de Comunicações  Tel.:+ 32 2 513 22 42 M: +32 478 038 490 E-mail:   Apesar da crise ecológica, um terço das quotas de pesca da UE excedem os pareceres dos cientistas   Bruxelas – Hoje, os ministros das pescas da UE alcançaram um acordo sobre as oportunidades de pesca para 2022, incluindo 23 … Read more

Le Conseil de l’UE de la pêche ferme les yeux sur la surpêche

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE – 14/12/2021 Contact   Emily Fairless, Responsable de la communication  Tél. : + 32 2 513 22 42 Mobile : +32 478 038 490 E-mail :     Un tiers des quotas de pêche de l’UE dépassent les recommandations des scientifiques malgré les crises écologiques   Bruxelles — Aujourd’hui, les ministres de la pêche de l’Union Européenne (UE) sont parvenus à … Read more

France, Spain and Italy must stop playing Russian roulette with their Mediterranean fisheries, and instead abide by EU law they committed to.

Ahead of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council (AgriFish) on 12 and 13 December 2021, Environment NGOs are extremely concerned that France, Spain and Italy are playing political games that risk burying all hopes to save Western Mediterranean fisheries. The Western Mediterranean is plagued by unacceptable overfishing – 2.71 times higher than sustainable levels, and … Read more

Oceana places virtual floating cod over Council of the EU to protest against overfishing

Today Oceana is placing a virtual floating cod over the Europa building in Brussels, where the Council of the EU meets, and over various fisheries ministry buildings across Europe. This action aims to denounce the overexploitation of European fish populations and to call on EU fisheries ministers, who will meet on 12-13 December, to set fishing opportunities for 2022 in line with science and so bring … Read more

Oceana urges Mediterranean countries to make fisheries more transparent and sustainable

The organisation calls on Mediterranean countries to make information on authorised fishing vessels public, to help identify those that fish illegally   Oceana proposes new 800km² fishery closure to protect exceptional deep-sea corals between Spain and Morocco  Oceana is urging the member countries of the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) to improve fisheries management and ensure effective enforcement by modernising its Authorised Vessel List. This would mean publicly listing information about fishing licenses, detailing which vessels can legally operate where, when, how and under which conditions, especially for vessels allowed to fish … Read more

AGRIFISH: Some Baltic fish still in crisis as the EU starts to consider ecosystem impacts

Following the EU AGRIFISH Council press conference today, NGOs expressed disappointment that Member State fisheries ministers again haggled all night to raise Baltic fishing limits for 2022 above the European Commission’s proposal and against the clear scientific advice aimed at saving Baltic fish populations. However, NGOs also acknowledge that some progress was made towards considering … Read more