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Latest news on the European Union's fisheries policy.

EU issues Ecuador with yellow card over illegal fishing
EU efforts to fight illegal fishing worldwide continue as Brussels notified Ecuador Wednesday that it must step up its actions (yellow card) in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and issues for Ecuador
The European Commission continues action to fight illegal fishing worldwide by notifying the Republic of Ecuador that it needs to step up its actions (yellow card) in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

Brussels sets out quotas for Atlantic, North Sea fishing
Ahead of a 16-17 December Fisheries Council meeting, the European Commission on Thursday adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities in 2020 for 72 stocks in the Atlantic and the North Sea.

EU sets out proposal for sustainable fishing in Baltic Sea
The situation of fish stocks in the Baltic Sea is 'serious', the EU Commission said Friday as it set out proposals for 2020 fishing opportunities for the commercially most important fish stocks.

EU announces emergency measures to save east Baltic cod
The EU Commission announced emergency measures to save the eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse Tuesday, banning commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea till end 2019.

Eastern Baltic cod emergency measures
The Commission announced on 23 July emergency measures to save the ailing eastern Baltic cod stock from impending collapse. Emergency measures will ban, with immediate effect, commercial fishing for cod in most of the Baltic Sea until 31 December 2019.

EU lifts Taiwan's yellow card for illegal fishing following reforms
The EU lifted its illegal fishing 'yellow card' against Taiwan Thursday in recognition of the country's upgrading its legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in general and in Taiwan
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, decided on 27 June to lift the yellow card acknowledging the progress made by Taiwan and the major upgrade of its fisheries legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

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.