New three year Protocol to implement the EU/Greenland Fisheries Partnership Agreement

The new Protocol to Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Greenland foresees that Greenland will provide the EU with a total fishing opportunity of 85,765 tonnes, down from 91,700 tonnes under the current Protocol. the EU/Greenland Fisheries Partnership Agreement will enter into force on 1 January 2013. On the other hand, it was agreed to further limit catches for jack mackerel to 40% of the 2010 baseline in the South Pacific.

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The farm and fisheries deal with Morocco gets the green light from International Trade Committee

MEPs at International Trade Committee (INTA) approved the proposed EU-Morocco trade liberalisation agreement for farm and fishery products. The Committee voted against the original recommendation, drafted by José Bové, which called on Parliament to withhold its consent to the agreement. If approved by Parliament as a whole, the proposed agreement would immediately liberalise 45% of EU exports and also immediately liberalise 55% of EU imports from Morocco.

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The European Parliament rejects to extend the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement

MEPs rejected to prolong until February 2012 the current EU-Morocco fisheries agreement and they called for a more environmentally and economically beneficial deal, which should take account of the interests of the Sahrawi population. The current protocol, which has applied provisionally since 28 February 2011, will cease to apply immediately.

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Commission publishes its proposal for a new fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies

The new fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies for the period 2014-2020 was proposed by the European Commission. In particular, the Commission intends with this new fund to reach the ambitious objectives of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and help fishermen in the transition towards sustainable fishing.

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The Council adopted a regulation for an EU's integrated maritime policy

Member States has given green light to the regulation establishing an EU programme to further promote the development and the implementation of the EU's integrated maritime policy. The programme will support the sustainable use of the seas and oceans, and the expansion of scientific knowledge.

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Commission proposes to ban cutting off the fins of sharks during their fishing

The Commission has proposed that from now on, all vessels fishing in EU waters and all EU vessels fishing anywhere in the world will have to land sharks with the fins still attached. Shark finning is the practice of cutting off the fins of sharks – often while they are still alive - and then throwing back into the sea the shark without its fins.

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Historical agreement between European Union and United States to combat illegal fishing

The EU and US signed an agreement known as IUU fishing to strengthen bilateral cooperation to combat illegal fishing. This statement is the first of its kind in the longstanding partnership between the EU and the US on fisheries management. They have agreed that the seafood they import from each other will not be caught illegally.

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Commission launches its proposal for a common fisheries policy

The European Commission presented a proposal with a radical approach to fisheries management in Europe. The reform will introduce a decentralised approach to science-based fisheries management by region and sea basin, and introduce better governance standards in the EU and on the international level through sustainable fisheries agreements. With regard the international fisheries agreements, the EU signed a new protocol with Morocco.

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The European Parliament adopted the international agreement to combat illegal fishing

The EP's plenary has shown broad support to the agreement on measures to prevent, discourage and eliminate illegal fishing. This text is a binding legal instrument that provides a set of rules against a wide range of operations. The aim is to ensure the sustainable use and long-term conservation of living resources and marine ecosystems.

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EU completes the framework to control illegal fishing throughout the food chain

The European Union has adopted a series of rules in order to tighten the controls over fishing activities, from those carried out by fishermen operating illegally, to the marketing of these products in the Union. These new rules will allow Member states to step up efforts against overfishing in their waters, strengthening the traceability in the food chain and contributing to a more sustainable fisheries sector as a whole.

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