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After the European Commission had warned three countries - Curaçao, Ghana and Korea - that they were not doing enough to fight illegal fishing in November 2013, it will now grant each country an extra six months to improve the situation. The Commission will review their progress made at the end of this period.
The European Commission has expressed its disappointment with the outcomes of the 87th Annual meeting of the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), which finished on 18 July in Lima, Peru.

Reducing plastic marine litter in Mediterranean: a "Fishing for Litter" campaign in France

Press release - 20/5/2011

The pollution of our seas and oceans from marine litter - especially plastic litter - has taken alarming dimensions.

If reducing this kind of pollution in the Mediterranean goes through more recycling from plastic waste, we also need to start working to remove the litter that already pollutes our seas. The launch of the Waste Free Ocean project, will take place on May 20 at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Nice. In this pilot project, set up by the European Plastics Converters, an EU-level Trade Association, fishermen are purposely making trips with a specially designed boom to collect surface litter. Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries  Maria Damanaki welcomes this joint project of the plastics and fisheries industries and hopes the practice will be extended to other Member States.  Financial support for such initiatives is possible through the European Fisheries Fund.  In April of this year she launched the idea of the Europe wide project in Athens.

See also: Speech by Commissioner Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries: "How plastic bags pollute the future of our seas" at the Round table discussion on pollution of the Mediterranean from marine litter, Athens, 8 April 2011.