The bluefin tuna fishing season in the Western and Central Mediterranean Sea and in the Adriatic Sea was open from 26 May to 24 June for purse seiners. Thanks to the implementation of an international recovery plan and to the efforts made by fishermen, catch limits for this stock could again be increased this year (the EU quota is just over 11200t in 2016, compared to 7938 t two years ago).
The European Parliament voted today on the 2nd reading of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multi-annual plan for the stocks of cod, herring and sprat in the Baltic Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, also known as the 'Baltic Plan' (this Regulation amends Council Regulation (EC) No 2187/2005 and repeals Council Regulation (EC) No 1098/2007).
Maritime spatial planning "allows us to stop wishing for better ocean governance and start making it happen", Commissioner Karmenu Vella told delegates at a conference on maritime spatial planning held in Ponta Delgada, Azores, today.
About 60 stakeholders from the North Sea region met on 20 and 21 June in The Hague, Netherlands for a workshop on strategic cooperation on blue growth in the North Sea area, organised by the European Commission.
In preparation for the Council of Fisheries Ministers of the EU, where Member States' ministers will agree on fishing quotas for 2017, the Commission has adopted a Communication that sets out its principles for healthy and profitable fisheries in the EU.
How do EU Member States plan to use the money they are set to receive under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)? What is the current state of play? This was the topic of an exchange of views at the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee today.
Last week the Commission published its annual report on the capacity of the EU fleet. The report contains an overview of fleet reports and action plans prepared by the individual Member States on the basis of Commission's guidelines.