fisheries management

5 February, 2021

In a mixed bag of voting outcomes, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee (PECH) has called for more transparency around fisheries activities and traceability to seafood supply chains, while simultaneously weakening the existing rules for controlling EU fishing activities. The Committee voted on a package of amendments to the EU fisheries control system, which have been […]

26 January, 2021

On 25 January, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee (PECH) voted on key compromise amendments to the EU fisheries Control Regulation, the cornerstone of how fisheries are controlled and monitored in the EU. The vote covered compromise amendments (other individual amendments will be voted on February 1st), which address the most important aspects of the EU’s […]

13 November, 2020

MEP Clara Aguilera, rapporteur of the Fisheries Control Regulation, and MEP Pierre Karleskind, chair of the Fisheries Committee, together with the EU Fisheries Control Coalition are pleased to announce a virtual event to discuss how the Fisheries Control Regulation can help deliver the European Green Deal and make fisheries fit for the digital age.  The […]

5 November, 2020

The EU Fisheries Control Coalition has applauded the European Commission’s infringement proceedings against the Netherlands and Belgium for their failure to comply with the EU Fisheries Control Regulation, especially the lack of properly registering catches, which can lead to overfishing. The Commission determined that the Netherlands does not ensure a proper control of their landings […]

27 October, 2020

A new report produced by the EU Fisheries Control Coalition calls for greater visibility of the small-scale fisheries (SSF) sector, and highlights the facts and benefits of installing electronic tracking and catch reporting systems onboard smaller vessels. By showcasing recent projects from across Europe where these systems are already operating successfully, the report demonstrates how […]

22 October, 2020

Der Spiegel summarises the decision of EU agriculture ministers to reduce the maximum quantities allowed for fisheries in the Baltic Sea in 2021. Catches of western herring will be reduced by half, while eastern Baltic cod remain off-limits to allow the species to recover. Catch quotas of western cod and plaice, however, will have a […]

19 October, 2020

This in-depth piece examines the current revision of the EU fisheries control system within the wider history of overfishing in Europe — an issue that is now more than a century old. MEP Grace O’Sullivan is quoted on the use of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to support integration of new technologies that would […]

14 September, 2020

Undercurrent news summarises the key amendments the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment (ENVI) voted in favour of on Friday, 11 September and looks ahead to the Fisheries Committee’s vote due later this autumn. Quotes from Vanya Vulperhorst, campaign director for illegal fishing and transparency at Oceana Europe, Katrin Poulsen, senior seafood policy officer at […]

11 September, 2020

The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment (ENVI) has voted in favour of key steps to bring more transparency to fisheries activities and traceability to seafood supply chains. These amendments to the revision of the fisheries Control Regulation, the foundation for how fishing activities of the EU fleet are managed, mark a pivotal step to […]