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29 June 2015 -
29 June 2015
The European Commission has last week awarded a grant of almost €4 million to the European research infrastructure for observing the oceans. The funds will be used to add 150 Argo floats to the project's portfolio in the next two years.
25 June 2015 -
25 June 2015
The Bluefin Tuna purse seine fishing season, lasting from 26 May to 24 June 2015, has finished with no major issues that may indicate systemic overfishing or illegal fishing activities of Bluefin Tuna by EU vessels. It was the first time in almost a decade that the EU fishermen benefited from an increased quota as BFT fishery has recovered significantly. Although scientists still need to assess the state of the stocks later this year, it is clear that the successful implementation of stricter control measures by the EU to fight IUU and overfishing has played a significant role in the recovery of the stock.
25 June 2015 -
25 June 2015
The Commission has launched a public consultation on what the EU can do to improve international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. Speaking at the World Ocean Summit in Portugal earlier this month, Commissioner Karmenu Vella said: "If our oceans are not healthy, our economy falls ill. Global maritime challenges require global solutions. I am committed to work intensively to define Europe's role in international ocean governance, for a sustainable blue economy and blue growth".
25 June 2015 -
25 June 2015
The EEA report on the State of Europe's Seas reaffirms our message that we still need to do more for our seas. The EU is committed to blue growth that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.
18 June 2015
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23 June 2015 -
23 June 2015
Meeting with members of the German Bundestag's tourism committee today, Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, exchanged views on the EU's strategy for more growth and jobs in coastal and maritime tourism.
19 June 2015 -
19 June 2015
The Council of Ministers has taken a decision to set monthly catch limits for commercial vessels catching sea bass.

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