The European Commission has adopted two action plans setting out how Belgium and Germany can overcome identified shortcomings in their fisheries control systems, following audit programmes on data management and control system held respectively in 2014 and 2015, and in 2015 and 2016. The measures and timeline of implementation were agreed together with the authorities of each Member State, in line with the procedure set out in Regulation (EC) No 1224/2009 on fisheries control.
A new Protocol to the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Mauritius has been signed in Port-Louis on 26 April, It sets the conditions to allow EU tuna fishing vessels to fish in Mauritius waters for a period of 4 years, in a transparent and regulated environment.
At the opening day of the Seafood Expo in Brussels (25-27 April) – the world 's largest seafood industry event – the European Commission hosted a debate on how to integrate consumer habits, demands and expectations into the supply chain and policy-making.
Studies by the Commission's Scientific Technical Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) show that fish stocks in the Mediterranean are deteriorating at an alarming rate.
Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries visited the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house scientific body, in Ispra, Italy this week.