Land and Sea grabbing in West Africa


Feed the people or export for profit?

Morning 9.00Opening9.30 - 12.30Agricultural policy in West Africa: export or feed the people?Chair and introduction:Ska Keller, Member of the European Parliament, Green, and Amadou Kanouté, Director CICODEV-   Large scale land acquisition  : the case of Senegal , Ibra Mar FAYE, ...


Who should have the right to fish?

A policy paper from the Greens in the European Parliament

Marine resources are a public good, not a private resource. The right to exploit those resources, therefore, should be allocated according to criteria that ensure that fishing contributes as far as possible to the public interest. Greens think that the right to fish should be based on environmental and social criteria.

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The End of the Road at ICCAT

Greens' blog about ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas)

ICCAT is over for another year and the diplomats have gone home. The entire meeting lasted for nine days and there were no serious discussions on the bluefin fishery on the floor of the meeting until the afternoon of the last day. ICCAT failed spectacularly to salvage its honour on bluefin tuna.

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International fisheries talks (ICCAT)

Bluefin tuna pushed closer to extinction as talks make purely cosmetic changes to allowable catch

The annual meeting of ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) ended today in Paris after intense, clandestine negotiations. The Greens criticised the outcome on bluefin tuna, with the talks agreeing a total allowable catch far higher than that necessary to protect the species from collapse.

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Fisheries Council

Isabella Lövin


EU Fisheries

Power struggle between Commission and Council jeopardises fisheries

EU fisheries ministers are expected to decide on fishing quotas for the Baltic Sea when they meet at tomorrow's council (Tuesday, 26 October). Green MEPs are concerned about reports that the Council will again set fishing limits too high. Ahead of the Fisheries Council meeting, Green MEPs Isabella L...

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Who should have the right to fish?


Public hearing on the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

Greens believe that the right to catch fish carries responsibilities, that men and women who are allowed to fish need to fulfil certain criteria. Those who have fished in the past should not automatically have the right to continue in the future.



Parliament insists that Iceland cease all Whaling at EU accession


Bluefin Tuna

Greens welcome new traceability of bluefin tuna but still call for a halt to fishing

Today the European Parliament will vote on the Romeva report, and adopt a critical new control measure for the bluefin tuna fishery. If it is fully complied with, the Bluefin Catch Document (BCD) will allow full traceability of all bluefin tuna from the moment that they are caught to the point of fi...

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e-fa News Round-Up June 2010

News bulletin from the European Free Alliance Group

The European Free Alliance (EFA) draws together political parties fighting for democracy and self-determination for the stateless nations and regions of Europe. European Free Alliance MEPs sit in a joint European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest group in parliament.E...


Bluefin tuna fishery closure

A necessary step, but too little too late

After scarcely a week of fishing, the purse seinebluefin tuna quotas (1) allocated to European fishermen in the Mediterranean have been reached. Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Fisheries, acting on behalf of the commission has been compelled to close the fishery to prevent further wea...


Letter to Commissioner Damanaki on bluefin tuna

Green MEPs Romeva and Lovin call for Commission action

In the wake of Commission commitments to saving the bluefin tuna, but failure to secure a ban at CITES, Green MEPs Isabella Lovin and Raül Romeva have written to Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Fisheries, urging her to support a unilateral ban on the industrial fishing and export of bluefin tuna.