Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) depletes fish stocks, destroys marine habitats, distorts competition, puts honest fishers at an unfair disadvantage, and weakens coastal communities, particularly in developing countries.The EU is working to close the loopholes that allow illegal operators to profit from their activities:
In May 2019 the European Commission launched CATCH, an IT system that aims to digitalise the currently paper-based EU catch certification scheme as laid down by the Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008.
Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU Regulation)
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1010/2009 of 22 October 2009 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008
Commission Statements of 18 September 2008
Secondary legislation, guidance and other information
The processing of personal data by the EU institutions and bodies is covered by Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. Decision (EU) 2019/1862 restricts certain rights of individuals in the context of the processing of personal data by the Commission in the Union system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. The IUU implementation privacy statement gives you more information.
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The Commission adopted its annual communication taking stock of the implementation of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and launched a public consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2021.
For many small vessels in the EU, seabass represents more than 10% of landing value, peaking at 50% in the Netherlands and 40% in France, according to a new report released today by the European Commission and the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EUMOFA).
It can be healthy and delicious, and we know that Asian countries produce one hundred times more of it than Europe — though their methods aren't always eco-friendly. Can we catch up while keeping algae aquaculture sustainable? In this episode of Ocean, we'll follow European algae from farm to fork, meeting Dutch pioneers of seaweed farming as they work to make this business competitive and eco-friendly.