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EU Fisheries Policy

Latest news on the European Union's fisheries policy.

MEPs greenlight fisheries management plan for EU's Western Waters
The European Parliament voted through the Multi-annual Fisheries Management Plan for the EU's Western Waters Tuesday, covering the Atlantic Ocean between Ireland and Portugal.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in general and in Thailand
The European Commission on 8 January delisted Thailand from the group of "warned countries" as recognition of its progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

EU lifts Thailand's 'yellow card' for illegal fishing
The European Commission removed Thailand off the list of "warned countries" Tuesday, in recognition of what it says is its progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

EU agrees 2019 fish quotas for Atlantic and North Sea
After intense negotiations, EU fisheries ministers reached agreement in the early hours of Wednesday morning on the 2019 catch limits for the main commercial fish stocks in the Atlantic and North Sea.

Ministers agree Black Sea fish quotas for 2019
Bulgarian and Romanian fishermen will be able to continue fishing at the same levels as in 2018, following EU agreement on 2019 catch quotas for the commercially most important fish stocks in the Black Sea.

EU cuts deep-sea fishing quotas for 2019-20
EU fisheries ministers agreed Monday on the total allowable catches (TACs) and quotas for certain deep-sea stocks in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic, for 2019 and 2020.

EU unveils proposed 2019 fish quotas for Atlantic, North Sea
The Commission presented its proposed 2019 fishing opportunities for the Atlantic and North Sea Wednesday, ahead of December's Council meeting where Member States are due to agree next year's quotas.

Commission proposal for Atlantic and North Sea fishing opportunities (TACs) in 2019
Ahead of the December Fisheries Council, where EU Member States are expected to agree on next year's fishing opportunities in the Atlantic and North Sea, the Commission presented its proposal for a continued progress towards sustainable fish stocks and viable opportunities for the industry.

Brussels sets out 2019 fishing quotas proposal for the Black Sea
The EU Commission put forward its proposals Wednesday for fishing opportunities in 2019 for the most important commercial fish stocks in the Black Sea.

Ministers agree 2019 fishing quotas for Baltic Sea
After day-long talks, EU fisheries ministers agreed Monday on next year's total allowable catches (TACs) and member states' quotas for the ten commercially most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.

Commission launches fisheries consultation
The European Commission launched the process of agreeing fishing opportunities for 2019 Monday, adopting a Communication which is now open for consultation and comments from the public.

EU proposes tighter enforcement of fisheries policy
The European Commission proposed Wednesday a number of improvements intended to modernise and simplify the way in which fishing rules are monitored and complied with in the EU.

MEPs demand ban on pulse fishing
Members of the European Parliament voting Tuesday on new EU rules on how, where and when fish can be caught, demanded in an amendment a ban on the use of pulsed electric current for fishing.

EU and partners agree to prevent unregulated fishing in high seas
The European Union reached an international agreement Friday with partners including the United States and Russia to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the Arctic high seas.

Brussels presents sustainable fishing plan for 2018
The European Commission presented Tuesday its proposal for next year's fishing quotas in the Atlantic and North Sea, which EU Member States are due to agree at the December Fisheries Council.

Ministers agree deal on Baltic fishing quotas
EU fisheries ministers agreed Monday on next year's total allowable catches (TACs) and national quotas for the ten commercially most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea.

EU cuts Baltic eastern cod quota by 28 pct
The European Commission adopted Tuesday a proposal for fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea for 2018 which would significantly reduce catches of Baltic eastern cod and ban all marine eel fisheries.

MEPs back plans to tackle over-fishing in the North Sea
A European Parliament committee gave its backing Wednesday to plans to tackle overfishing and offer more security to local fishermen by introducing multi-annual fishing quotas in the North Sea.

Member states agree EU fishing quotas for next year
EU fisheries ministers reached agreement Wednesday on 2017 catch limits for the main commercial fish stocks in the Atlantic, the North Sea and international fisheries in which EU vessels participate.

MEPs end time-at-sea limits for North Sea fishing
North Sea cod fishermen will be able to land every catch – not just cod – more easily following MEPs' s green light Tuesday to remove limits on the number of days a vessel can spend in a fishing area.

EU agrees deep-sea fish quotas for 2017-18
The EU Council agreed Monday on total allowable catches and quotas for deep-sea stocks in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic for 2017 and 2018.

Brussels presents Atlantic and North Sea fish quotas
The European Commission presented its proposal Thursday for 2017 fishing quotas in the Atlantic and the North Sea, in preparation for the Fisheries Council in December.

EU proposes to curb subsidies causing overfishing in WTO countries
The European Union called for WTO talks on fishery subsidies Monday to combat the depletion of fish stocks and the devastation of natural habitats.

EU ministers agree Baltic fish quotas
EU fisheries ministers agreed next year's quotas for the ten commercially most important fish stocks in the Baltic Sea Monday, paving the way for talks for the deep sea and North Sea later this year.

EU proposes 'moderate cuts' in deep-sea fish quotas
The EU Commission put forward "moderate cuts" in deep-sea fish quotas in the EU and international waters in the North-East Atlantic Thursday in its fishing opportunities proposal for 2017-18.