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ISSN : 2315-084X
European Commission Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
In this issue - 24 January 2017

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Commissioner Vella promises EU support for the Arctic and its people at Tromsø conference
Commissioner Vella is travelling to Tromsø, Norway, to attend the Arctic Frontiers conference, one of the biggest Arctic gatherings of the year. The Commissioner's attendance is preparation for a midsummer arctic showcase of EU commitment to the region. That event will take place on 15-16 June in Finland and is designed to promote action to protect and support sustainable development in the region and the 4 million who live there.
New report confirms positive economic trends in EU fishing fleet
The economic performance of the EU fleet improved significantly again in 2014, according to the latest Annual Economic Report. Between 2008 and 2014, the EU fleet moved from a loss-making position in 2008 to registering record-high net profits of €770 million in 2014 – up from €500 million in 2013. Forecasts for 2016 remain positive.
Seafood: Investigation into EU consumers' attitudes shows sustainable supply is essential
The majority of Europeans say they eat fish because its healthy. Fish consumption is increasing, with 42% Europeans eating fish/aquaculture products at least once a week at home. This underlines the need to ensure sustainable supply of fish to the EU market.
European Maritime Day 2017: preparations in full swing
Preparations for the EMD 2017 Conference in Poole, UK (18 & 19 May 2017) are in full swing. Following our call to maritime stakeholders launched last fall, we have received 50 proposals for workshops and project pitches under the following headings: 1) Innovation & Growth, 2) People & Skills, 3) Safety & Security, 4) Sustainability & Governance. Selected stakeholder workshops will be part of an attractive programme that we are currently putting together and which will be announced soon.
Blue careers and Blue labs calls for proposals: shortlist announced
Ten blue growth projects are to receive grants under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) as part of the 'Blue Careers' and 'Blue Labs' calls for proposals. In total, 125 proposals were evaluated by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) which manages the projects.
Outcomes of the 2nd Baltic Maritime Spatial Planning Forum 2016
Baltic SCOPE unites national authorities around the Baltic Sea responsible for maritime spatial planning, and is supported by four research and regional organisations.
15 - 17 March 2017
Second International Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning
Economic performance of the EU fishing fleet
Publications and studies
The EU fishing fleet - Trends and economic results
Study on the subsidies to the fisheries, aquaculture, and marketing and processing subsectors in major fishing nations beyond the EU
Ex post and ex ante evaluation of the protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea
A new report is online. It is available in French with an executive summary in English and Spanish.
EUMOFA Monthly Highlights n°12/2016
First sales in Europe and focus on Belgium (ray and gurnard).|Herring preserved in glass jars in Sweden: Sweden manufactures herring preserved in glass jars mostly for the domestic market (82% of total sales). The main export markets are Finland, Denmark, and Germany. | Norway lobster in the EU: The EU fleet accounts for the absolute majority of catches and landings of Norway lobster and mainly supplies the EU consumer market which is the largest end-market globally. | Consumption: fresh common carp.| Fish and seafood prices increased slightly since the beginning of the year.
Funding opportunities
21 December 2016 - 28 February 2017
Call for tender: EASME/EMFF/2016/036 – Validating age-determination of anglerfish and hake
16 January - 28 February 2017
Call for tender: Interinstitutional service framework contract for better Regulation-related activities: lot 1: Common Fisheries Policy, excluding its international dimension, and lot 2: Integrated Maritime Policy
4 January - 8 March 2017
Call for tender: MARE/2016/05 - Interim evaluation of the implementation of the direct management component of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Regulation
29 November 2016 - 15 March 2017
Call for proposals: EASME/EMFF/2016/ – Nautical Routes for Europe
14 December 2016 - 31 March 2017
Call for proposals: Maritime Spatial Planning - MSP
Call for applications
Call for experts in maritime and fisheries policy
The objective of this call for expressions of interest is to set up a list of external experts to support evaluation and monitoring activities of actions implemented by EASME under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) (2014-2020).
In depth
Setting our sights on blue-green success in 2017, by Karmenu Vella
Back in 2014, I was tasked by President Jean-Claude Juncker to lead the Commission's work in the newly merged portfolios of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. This 'blue-green portfolio' presented big challenges. From a strategic perspective, however, it makes perfect sense.
Beyond the beach – coastal and maritime tourism is getting a make-over, with help from the EU
Imagine this. On a beach in Gran Canaria, a woman repeatedly taps her phone. She has just shared a snapshot of a starfish. Now she's swiping through a list of pictures to find out what type it is. The mobile app she's using is called Fishtagram. Like the popular Instagram, it lets users upload photos they take with their smartphones, but it also provides a wealth of local maritime information for hobby divers, anglers or curious beach tourists.
UPDATED WEB PAGE: Discarding and the landing obligation
Discarding is the practice of returning unwanted catches to the sea, either dead or alive, because they are undersized, due to market demand, the fisherman has no quota or because catch composition rules impose this.
This newsletter is published by the European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.