European fisheries sector crisis due to the rise in oil prices

Greens/EFA motion for a resolution

The European Parliament, –   having regard to Commission Communication (2008)453 on promoting the adaptation of the European Union fishing fleets to the economic consequences of high fuel prices, –   having regard to Commission Regulation (EC) No 875/2007 of 24 July...

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How much fish can be safely caught ?


A Greens/EFA public hearing

Greens believe that a precautionary approach must form the basis of the Common Fisheries Policy. The reform must ensure a CFP in which decisions on fisheries management do not lead to further depletion of fish stocks but allow them to recover to abundant levels that can support sustainable exploitation in the long term.

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Commission fears over imported radioactive fish

An EFA press release by SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

RADIOACTIVITY KNOWS NO BORDERS"SNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Tuesday) expressed concern after the European Commission confirmed their fears over possible radioactivity in imported fish.The Commission has already required strict monitoring of all fisheries imports from regions of Jap...

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e-fa News Round-Up March 2011

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 European parliamentary group with the Greens, making up the fourth largest group in the Europe...

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European Commission support for fish discards

An EFA press release by SNP MEP Ian Hudghton

"CURRENT SYSTEM CAN'T GO ON" - SNPSNP President Ian Hudghton MEP has today (Friday) condemned the European Commission for attempting to maintain rules which require Scottish fishermen to throw marketable fish back into the sea.  The criticism comes ahead of an important vote in the Eu...


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.