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Oct 29, 2020 at 04:02

Last year the EU adopted a Multiannual Management Plan (MAP) of demersal fisheries in the Western Mediterranean that regulates the fleets, mainly trawlers, from Italy, France and Spain. Back then, the sector criticised the introduction of severe spatial-seasonal trawl closures and the harsh reduction of the activity at sea from the first year of implementation of the new rules. The fishing industry strictly complied with these measures even though undermined the viability of the Mediterranean fleets. Fishermen, now facing the consequences of the COVID-19, fear further cuts which would lead to a considerable decline in the number of fishing vessels, jobs and fish supply.

EP61 Press release Mediterranean MAP

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May 20, 2020 at 07:31

The European Commission has unveiled today its proposal for an EU Biodiversity strategy calling for urgent action to protect nature in the EU and worldwide. The strategy claims to set up a full transformative plan towards an EU environmentally-friendly food production system that preserves and restores biodiversity. Europêche agrees that the EU must be ambitious in setting high environmental standards but not at the cost of increasing imports and lowering EU food production. EU fishermen oppose the new strategy since it is discriminatory, undermines the viability of the sector by decreasing its productivity and capacity to invest in improving social and environmental performance, further restricting the sustainable use of the oceans, subjecting fish products to additional taxation and making fisheries the target of discrediting campaigns.

EP36 Press Release - EU Biodiversity Strategy final

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May 07, 2020 at 05:12

The European Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) annual report[1] on the performance of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) brings excellent news for another year on the good progress on the state of EU fish stocks. The scientific report shows a substantial drop in fishing pressure over the period 2003-2018 in the North-East Atlantic. On average, for all the stocks evaluated in this area, fishing pressure has been reduced almost by half in the last 20 years, reaching maximum sustainable yield levels (MSY) for most of them. As a consequence, fish populations have been increasing significantly, reaching in 2018 levels 50% higher than in 2010. However, further efforts are still needed, particularly in the Mediterranean.

EP34 Press Release - STECF Report

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Dec 18, 2019 at 11:47

A two-day long intensive negotiation finished this very morning with the difficult political compromise reached by EU Fisheries ministers on the catch limits for 2020. This agreement reconciles to objective to secure healthy stocks with the need to ensure the socio-economic sustainability of the EU fleet. The latter was acknowledged by the Council which, after a predominantly conservationist proposal from the European Commission, adopted a better-balanced decision in light of the socio-economic data provided by Member States. The industry will however face many challenges for next year due to the extreme quota reductions and restrictive measures adopted for key species such as cod in all EU waters.

EP49 Press Release - Fishing Opportunities 2020

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Dec 12, 2019 at 02:26

The European fishing industry represented by Europêche met yesterday Mr Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. The newly elected Commissioner listened and exchanged views with fishing industry leaders on the challenges faced by the sector and on ongoing fisheries policy developments. Europêche assessed the talks with the Commissioner, who is committed to seek balance between the three dimensions of sustainability during his mandate, as open and constructive.

EP48 Press Release - Europeche meets Commissioner Sinkevičius

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Jun 05, 2019 at 03:20

A new report[1] from the UN expert group on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has found that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history with many species facing extinction at accelerating rates. According to the report, the oceans are no exception to this trend caused by changes in sea use, direct exploitation of organisms, climate change, pollution and invasive alien species. The European fishing industry, while acknowledging the potential risks for the marine environment, stresses that fishing poses no threat for the long-term preservation of marine resources. Proof of that is that thanks to fisheries management and industry-led efforts, fish stocks have been generally increasing in many areas such as the North East Atlantic, currently reaching levels 36% higher than in 2003. This positive trend shows that UN’s extinction warning particularly for fish populations is a bit far-fetched.

EP16 Press Release final - UN report biodiversity

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Apr 17, 2019 at 00:38

This was one of the main results from the European Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) annual report1 on the performance of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), particularly concerning the progress towards achieving sustainable fisheries. The scientific report shows that the stock status has significantly improved in the North-East Atlantic with an overall downward trend in the fishing pressure over the period 2003-2017. As a consequence, fish populations have been generally increasing since 2007, reaching in 2017 levels 36% higher than in 2003. However, further efforts are still needed, particularly in the Mediterranean.

EP14 Press Release - STECF report

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Dec 19, 2018 at 05:42

In the early hours, the Fisheries Council reached an agreement on the catch limits for 2019; just two weeks before the latest and toughest phase of the landing obligation comes into effect. Following a fairly conservationist proposal from the European Commission (EC), which proposed for certain stocks even lower levels of quota than recommended by scientists, Ministers adopted a better-balanced decision that will allow to catch more fish while respecting the sustainability of the stocks in the long term. The positive results yielded, thanks to the sacrifices made by the industry over the past decade, may be however compromised by the quick fixes and patches adopted to try to implement an ill-conceived landing obligation for the complexities of the European waters.

EP83 Fishing Opps 2019 Press Release

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Oct 16, 2018 at 08:46

Last night, after long hours of discussion in Luxembourg, EU Fisheries Ministers reached an agreement on fishing opportunities for 2018 for the ten stocks in the Baltic Sea. The total allowable catches (TACs) were unanimously agreed in the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) which aims to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels by 2020. For this purpose, Ministers’ decision will allow 7 out of 8 stocks for which complete scientific advice was available to be fished at maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels, representing 98% of fish landings in volume. However, in view of the huge progress in the sustainable management of the Baltic Sea, fishermen expected better quota allocations for 2019.

EP60 Press Release - Baltic fishing opportunities

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Sep 17, 2018 at 03:46

Europêche has welcomed the clear message from the scientific community and DG MARE Director General, Mr Aguiar Machado, at Friday's “Scientific Seminar on Fisheries Science” organised by the European Commission. The scientific data presented evidenced in the North East Atlantic a drastic reduction in fishing pressure which is now stabilizing at sustainable levels. As a consequence, overexploited stocks decreased by 43% in the last decade and the proportion of stocks outside safe biological limits dropped by more than half during the same period. Fish populations have been generally increasing, reaching in 2016 biomass levels 39% higher than in 2003. The seminar also reviewed fisheries science challenges such as integrating socio-economic advice, multispecies management transition, climate change consequences and insufficient data processing.

EP53 Press Release on Seminar on the State of stocks

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Apr 30, 2018 at 00:55

Last week, the European Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) published its annual report on the performance of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) concerning the progress on the situation of the fish stocks and exploitation levels. The report concludes that stocks status has significantly improved although the rate of progress has slowed in the last few years. It also reflects an overall downward trend in the fishing pressure over the period 2003-2015 in the North-East Atlantic. As a consequence, the biomass has been generally increasing since 2006, and was in 2016 on average around 39% higher than in 2003. However, further efforts are still needed, particularly in the Mediterranean.

EP32 Press Release - STECF report

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Feb 21, 2018 at 09:38

President of Europêche, Javier Garat, has voiced the challenges faced by the European fishing sector due to the ambitious and rigid objectives set by the Common Fisheries Policy to achieve Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels by 2020, the implementation of the landing obligation and the uncertainty that Brexit is creating. The combination of all these factors, known in the sector as "the perfect storm", have been presented by Garat at the conference "How far has the EU come in ending overfishing?", held today in Brussels and organised by the environmental organization PEW.

EP16 Press release - PEW event

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Dec 08, 2017 at 07:30

Today, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU have reached a political agreement on the European Commission proposal establishing a multi-annual plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea, the second of its kind. Europêche welcomes the final adoption of this legislative proposal which, in the context of regionalisation, will bring decision-making closer to Member States and fishermen through the adoption of joint recommendations. However, many questions such as the implementation of landing obligation and negotiations with third countries still remain open and unclear.

EP79 Press release North Sea MAP

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Oct 10, 2017 at 07:01

After long hours of discussion, EU Fisheries Ministers have finally agreed fishing opportunities for 2018 for the ten stocks in the Baltic Sea following talks in Luxembourg yesterday. The total allowable catches (TACs) were agreed in the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy which aims to have all stocks fished at sustainable levels by 2020.

EP67 Press Release - Baltic fishing opportunities

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Sep 20, 2017 at 08:22

La industria europea de la pesca, representada por Europêche, expresó su preocupación ante el Parlamento Europeo por la falta casi total de aplicación del Fondo Europeo Marítimo y de Pesca (FEMP) 2014-2020. El fondo de 6.4 millones de euros no ha estado en funcionamiento más de tres años después de su adopción (15 de mayo de 2014) y sólo ahora está empezando a ser utilizado por los Estados miembros. De hecho, si bien el FEMP es esencial para alcanzar los objetivos ambiciosos establecidos en la Política Pesquera Común (PPC), hasta septiembre de 2017 sólo se ha utilizado el 1.4% del fondo. El sector también pidió un fondo de pesquerías específico, flexible y simplificado después de 2020, con una asignación presupuestaria más amplia y mucho menos burocracia, permitiendo su pleno uso desde el principio.

EP62 Press release EMFF

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Sep 20, 2017 at 07:38

La Comisión Europea (CE) ha lanzado su consulta anual sobre la fijación de las posibilidades de pesca para 2018. Como novedad, este año se acompaña de una Comunicación que, además de establecer los principios tradicionales que sustentan la propuesta de las CE para las cuotas pesqueras del Atlántico y del Mar del Norte (TAC) en 2018, ofrece una visión general de los progresos realizados hacia el logro objetivos de la Política Común de Pesca (PPC). Europêche está muy satisfecho con este nuevo enfoque, ya que proporciona a los ciudadanos europeos información objetiva de manera digerible. El sector también acoge con satisfacción las tendencias al alza en muchas poblaciones de peces y niveles de explotación sostenibles en toda Europa como lo revelan los datos científicos más recientes.

EP50 Communication Fishing Opps 2018 Press Release

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Sep 20, 2017 at 06:44

Europêche, órgano representativo de los pescadores y armadores de la UE, tuvo el privilegio de recibir al Sr. Karmenu Vella (Comisario de Medio Ambiente, Asuntos Marítimos y Pesca) y la Dra. Andreina Fenech (Directora General del Ministerio de Desarrollo Sostenible, Medio Ambiente y Cambio Climático ) como invitados de honor en la Asamblea General de Europêche celebrada en la sede de Koperattivi Malta. Tanto el Comisario como la Directora General coincidieron en valorar con optimismo la evolución positiva de la pesca europea y escucharon las preocupaciones de la industria con respecto a la evolución actual de las políticas pesqueras, en particular la obligación de desembarques. Todas las partes mostraron un firme compromiso de revertir la situación en el Mediterráneo mediante la adhesión a los ambiciosos objetivos establecidos en la Declaración MedFish4Ever de Malta.

Sep 20, 2017 at 06:38

Un informe reciente publicado por Corporate Europe Observatory y Seas at Risk critica a los representantes de la industria pesquera por haber accedido a la sala de prensa del Consejo de la UE durante las negociaciones del año pasado sobre las posibilidades de pesca (TAC y cuotas) y acusa a los Ministros de Pesca de haber adoptado el nivel de los TAC por encima del asesoramiento científico debido a la influencia del lobby de pesca.

CEO Fishing for influence

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Sep 19, 2017 at 09:09

En las primeras horas, tras negociaciones intensivas de dos días, el Consejo de Pesca ha alcanzado un acuerdo sobre las posibilidades de pesca para 2017 sobre la base del objetivo de alcanzar los rendimientos máximos sostenibles hasta 2017, cuando sea posible y, a más tardar en 2020, teniendo en cuenta factores socioeconómicos debidamente justificados.

EP91 Fishing Opps 2017 Press Release

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Sep 19, 2017 at 07:47

Europêche, organismo representativo de los pescadores europeos, ha respondido a las propuestas de la Comisión para 2017 sobre las asignaciones de bacalao del Báltico, que muestran una caída colosal con respecto a las cifras del año pasado. La cuota propuesta para el bacalao del Báltico Occidental asciende a 1588 toneladas, un 88% menos que las cifras de 2016 y una reducción de casi el 40% para el stock oriental.

EP74 Press Release - Baltic Western Cod final

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