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  • An update on fisheries subsidies

    Author: Vanya Vulperhorst
    Date: December 19, 2012

    With all the cheer around yesterday’s vote on the CFP, we wanted to make sure that a couple of pieces of good news on fisheries subsidies didn’t slip through the cracks.

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  • What a week ahead!

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: December 17, 2012

    There is nothing like ending the year with a bang, and this week, a couple of major votes and decisions are coming up that will affect EU fisheries.

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  • New EU Marine Protected Areas

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 27, 2012

    It’s always good news when new marine protected areas are put in place; and good news is always a cause for a celebration.

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  • Europe stands against IUU fishing

    Author: Amelie Malafosse
    Date: November 15, 2012

    Did you know that illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing accounts for 15% of catches worldwide and that this business amounts to 10 billion euros annually? If you want an order of comparison, it is as if IUU fishing was the second biggest fishing “nation” in the world after China.

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  • ICCAT 2012: Fate of Bluefin Tuna and Sharks Being Discussed

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: November 14, 2012

    This week, the annual ICCAT conference is underway in Agadir, Morocco. As some of you may know, Oceana has observer status at the ICCAT meeting, and two of our experts are on the ground as we speak.

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  • Does paying subsidies pay off?

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: October 29, 2012

    After decision-makers having aired the agreement on fishing subsidies reached by EU fisheries ministers last week as a great victory, the time has come to pose a couple of uncomfortable questions: Is this really the best way of investing taxpayer money to promote fishing activities? Moreover, will these funds become actually spent, or will they remain as a nice headline in an old newspaper?

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  • New neighbors discovered in Portugal

    Author: Natividad Sánchez
    Date: October 9, 2012

    The Berlengas islands are a nature reserve in front of the town of Peniche, Portugal, and a great example of how much more knowledge of the seabed we need. Though located only a few kilometers from the coast, in just two weeks we no less than 120 species were found whose existence was unknown in the area. Not only that, but four or five of them could be completely new to science. Amazing isn’t it?

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  • Pirate fishermen target deep-sea sharks for liver oil

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: October 5, 2012

    Pirate fishermen have found a gold mine in deep-sea sharks and are illegally catching these vulnerable species to sell their highly valued liver oil.

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  • Hope for bluefin

    Author: Angela Pauly
    Date: September 25, 2012

    There is some hopeful news on the fate of the bluefin tuna – one of the iconic species of the Mediterranean, and one which has long been held as a frightening example of the effects of overfishing and illegal fishing.

    Bluefin tuna, much favored by sushi lovers, was on the verge of collapse. In 2006, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) established a recovery plan for the stating the likelihood of recovering stocks to levels which can produce Maximum Sustainable Yield by 2022 to be 60%.

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  • A step forward on the EU shark finning ban – but with a confusing twist

    Author: Allison Perry
    Date: September 19, 2012

    We took a huge step forward today, with the Fisheries Committee vote on the EU shark finning ban. The Committee voted to close major loopholes in the ban, which allowed some countries (namely Spain and Portugal) to land sharks with their fins already removed from their body, in separate ports, at separate times (making it very difficult to monitor whether the finning ban is being followed properly).

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