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16 January 2019 -
16 January 2019
23% of worldwide catches, that is, 30 million tons of fish are thrown overboard every year. In most cases, the fish don't survive. A wasteful practice that needs to stop and will stop in Europe.
8 January 2019 -
8 January 2019
What is IUU fishing? IUU fishing stands for illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing. The European IUU legislation applies to all fishing vessels, under any flag, in all maritime waters.
8 January 2019 -
8 January 2019
The European Commission delists Thailand from the group of "warned countries" as recognition of its progress in tackling illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
3 January 2019 -
3 January 2019
The 2018 Economic report of the EU Aquaculture Sector shows a strong and growing sector. In 2016, the EU aquaculture sector has produced and sold 1.4 million tonnes of seafood, worth almost €5 billion. Profits of the sector have doubled between 2014 and 2016. Employment figures demonstrate that aquaculture firms are providing more and more stable employment opportunities.
21 December 2018 -
21 December 2018
In mid-December, the EU and the Faroe Islands signed a fisheries arrangement for 2019. The objective was to maintain the balance of fishing possibilities and the high dependency on fisheries of the Faroe Islands. This arrangement does not involve joint management of any shared stock - but only provisions for transfers of fishing opportunities and reciprocal access to each other's waters.
20 December 2018 -
20 December 2018
The EU and Norway has signed three fisheries arrangements for 2019 in the framework of the largest fishing agreement in the north of Europe.
20 December 2018 -
20 December 2018
The Eurobarometer survey on EU consumer choices regarding fishery and aquaculture products is clear: Europeans love fish and other seafood. More than four out of ten Europeans eat seafood at least once a week at home. Price and availability are the main barriers to increase consumption. Regional, national and EU products enjoy a very strong consumer preference. The study also explains how EU policy helps building trust with consumers, mainly by reliable and useful consumer information.
19 December 2018 -
19 December 2018
Next year the number of fish stocks managed at maximum sustainable yield (MSY) levels will rise to 59, and there will be additional protection for the European eel. At the same time EU fishermen in the Atlantic and the North Sea will be able to increase their catches of a number of healthy stocks.

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