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The 19th meeting of the IOTC was held in Busan, Korea, from 24 April to 1 May 2015. The IOTC adopted six EU proposals (stand alone or co-sponsored), including improved reporting requirements, a reinsertion of the expired IOTC capacity management framework and a conservation measure on billfish with clear indications of depletion or overfishing (striped marlin, black marlin and blue marlin).
The European Commission welcomes the positive vote of the plenary of European Parliament on the multiannual Baltic Plan, a long-term management plan which establishes targets and conservation reference points for cod, sprat and herring stocks.
Today the European Parliament gave support to a legislative proposal that paves the way for effective and consistent implementation of the landing obligation under the new Common Fisheries Policy. With the vote, the Parliament has endorsed the political agreement reached earlier, in negotiations between the Parliament and the Council on the Commission proposal for a so-called Omnibus Regulation.

European Union ratifies Convention establishing a Fisheries Organisation in the South Pacific

Press release - 7/10/2011

The European Union has ratified the Convention setting up a new Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO), which, once it enters into force, will govern the fishing activities in the high seas of the South Pacific. The EU is the 6th Party to ratify the Convention after Belize, Cook Islands, Republic of Cuba, Kingdom of Denmark in respect of Faroe Islands and New Zealand.

The South Pacific is one of the few remaining parts of the oceans which have not yet been regulated by an RFMO (Regional Fisheries Management Organisation) for non-tuna species. The South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO) will manage non-highly migratory fish species in the region, including both pelagic and deep sea stocks such as jack mackerel and orange roughy. It covers a vast area including the waters from the most western parts of the South Pacific towards the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of South America.

In order to enter into force, the Convention need to be ratified by at least 8 partners, including at least 3 coastal states in the region and 3 long-distance fishing states. The EU hopes for rapid ratification progress, particularly by the coastal States in the area, to enable the South Pacific RFMO to become fully operational in the near future. The new organisation will allow for the effective management of fisheries resources and the protection of the marine environment in this vast area of the high sea.

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