Elements with tag IOTC

Feb 06, 2023 at 08:04

Purse seine fishery’s existence in the Indian Ocean is at stake, after an inapplicable decision against drifting Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) was imposed by vote in the IOTC. Coastal developing states’ economies are severely threatened

EP - 2023-01-06 - Purse seine fleets and associated SIDS economies swept up in geopolitical storm FINAL

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May 31, 2022 at 19:58

On May 19th 2022, OPAGAC and ORTHONGEL launched a joint net recycling project with BRIKOLE Ltd, a new local start-up managed by the NGO Sustainability for Seychelles .

Press release BRIKOLE recycling

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May 26, 2022 at 15:52

• Blue sharks are sustainably managed by international fisheries management bodies (RFMOs) and protected thanks to strong fins-attached policies and catch documentation schemes. • Blue sharks harvested by Europeans are in healthy conditions across the oceans and are not subject to illegal trade.

Press release blue shark CITES

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May 24, 2022 at 17:54

Out of the 9 topics discussed, 4 resolutions were adopted during the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) meeting that took place in Seychelles from May 16th to 20th. The 26th session of IOTC adopted a management procedure for bigeye tuna that will allow for the first time to set a total allowable catch in 2024. This proposal from Australia was co-sponsored by the EU and other countries. The adoption of catch limits for bigeye tuna marks a new milestone in the history of IOTC. This proves that Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) can apply modern harvest strategies for tropical tuna species based on the best science. IOTC also takes measure to improve the observer coverage, tightens monitoring and control rules on at-sea and on-port tuna transhipments and is the first RFMO adopting a Resolution on Climate Change.

Press release - 26th session of IOTC_FINAL

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May 18, 2022 at 11:36

• The so-called illegal fishing by EU vessels makes no sense in light of last week’s Compliance Committee in IOTC demonstrating the compliance of our fleet. • The report uses non-reliable data based on estimates and assumptions to unfairly accuse the EU tuna fleet of non-compliance with rules.

Press release - ETG slams report accusing the EU fleet of illegal fishing in the Indian Ocean - FINAL

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May 06, 2022 at 05:15

Yesterday, the fisheries Ministers from Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles met at the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) Fisheries Ministerial Summit. Ministers analysed the potential socio-economic impact that some of the proposals made by other governments for the 26th session of IOTC (16-20 May) can have on their coastal communities. Ministers also met with representatives of Europêche’s Tuna Group (AGAC/OPAGAC, ORTHONGEL, and ANABAC who joined the group) to address the situation of tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean. The sector emphasized during the summit the substantial contribution from the Indian Ocean purse seine fleet to the local economies of the IOC countries.

Press Release - IOC Fisheries Summit May 5th FINAL

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Feb 12, 2021 at 02:06

Large pelagic drift nets, are nets of over 2,5-kilometer-long and many meters deep, that are left drifting in the ocean to catch any living creature that happens to swim by. The international community and the EU have long adopted a global moratorium on all large-scale pelagic drift-nets fishing in the world’s oceans and seas, especially to catch migratory species such as tuna. However, their use is still overspread, especially in the Indian Ocean, responsible nowadays for around 20% of the total catches of yellowfin tuna and high levels of by-catch of threatened and protected species such as sharks, marine mammals and turtles. The tuna fishing industry represented by Europêche calls on the EU and IOTC parties to stop turning a blind eye on this long-lasting problem and make a stand against these illegal practices during the next IOTC meeting.

EP15 PRESS_RELEASE_IOTC Driftnets feb 2021 Final

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Mar 01, 2019 at 08:35

The European fisheries sector recognises the work of CITES concerning marine species to ensure that the international trade does not threaten their survival. However, it is important to respect the work and instruments already defined and implemented for this purpose by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO), Governments and the sector itself. Species such as mako shark are sufficiently protected and regulated so as to guarantee its sustainable exploitation and legal trade, rendering unnecessary additional CITES measures. This was highlighted by the president of Europêche, Javier Garat, during his speech at the commemoration of the World Wildlife Day 2019, which took place today at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva.

EP8 Press release World Wildlife Day 2019

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Apr 20, 2018 at 09:57

Today, a delegation of fishing representatives from Europêche met with Mr Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries to discuss the main topics at the top of the political and legislative fisheries agenda in the EU. Both Commissioner Vella and Europêche credited the great progress in achieving sustainable fisheries with already 97% of the landings in the North East Atlantic coming from EU managed stocks fished at Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) levels. The sector showed support to Commissioner Vella to continue proposing the necessary legislation to implement the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), however called for rational policies which take into consideration socio-economic aspects and that can be implemented in practice.

EP31 Press release - Meeting with Vella

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Feb 22, 2018 at 09:03

Mr Aguiar Machado, Director General of the Directorate-General for Fisheries in the European Commission (DG MARE), met today with a delegation of fishing representatives from Europêche to discuss industry’s concerns relating to recent political and legislative developments at European and international level. Both Mr Machado and Europêche positively valued the good results in achieving sustainable fisheries, leading to healthier stocks and greater socio-economic benefits for the sector. However, the sector recalled the importance to adopt workable measures that can realistically be applied by the industry which has not been the case with the landing obligation. In addition, Europêche requested further efforts and diplomatic pressure for more fisheries agreements with 3rd countries which must be linked to trade and regional policies.

EP17 Press release - Meeting with Machado

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Sep 20, 2017 at 06:56

El 26 de abril, la Unión Europea y la República de Mauricio firmaron un nuevo Protocolo para aplicar el Acuerdo de Asociación de Pesca Sostenible, estableciendo las condiciones legales para permitir que los buques pesqueros atuneros de la UE pesquen en las aguas de Mauricio durante los próximos 4 años. Si bien el sector pesquero de la UE se congratula en general de este acuerdo, lamenta la oportunidad perdida de reforzar la pesca sostenible y la gobernanza de los océanos en el Océano Índico vinculando este y otros acuerdos de pesca a las políticas y negociaciones de gestión regional.

EP37 Press Release Mauritius

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Sep 19, 2017 at 05:20

Le 26 avril, l'Union européenne et la République de Maurice ont signé un nouveau Protocole visant à mettre en place un accord de partenariat durable en matière de pêche, fixant les conditions légales permettant aux navires de pêche thonière de l'UE de pêcher dans les eaux de Maurice pour les 4 prochaines années. Alors que le secteur de la pêche de l'UE est largement favorable à cet accord, il regrette l'occasion manquée de renforcer la pêche durable et la gouvernance des océans dans l'océan Indien en liant ces et d'autres accords de pêche aux politiques régionales de gestion et de négociations.

EP37 Press Release Mauritius

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May 20, 2015 at 04:00

La industria pesquera atunera de la UE acoge con satisfacción la nueva política diseñada para ayudar a la mejora continua de la sostenibilidad de los métodos de pesca, comprometiéndose a limitar el número de dispositivos de concentración de peces (FADs) que puede ser utilizado por cualquier barco pesquero.

May 12, 2015 at 05:24

The EU tuna fishing industry has welcomed a major new policy designed to aid the continued improvement of the sustainability of fishing methods, agreeing to limit the number of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) that can be used by any one vessel.

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