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Shellfish take the open seas: Innovative farming develops with EU funding

Shellfish farming is an important component of the EU aquaculture sector. Yet, lately, its growth has slowed down due to global competition, saturation of the areas where intensive farming is viable, lack of phytoplankton, or intense predation by other species. But a response to those challenges might have surfaced: OpenMode.

 
Not just your average pond

<p>Or how to produce delicious fish in a natural paradise (with a little help of the EU)</p> The large ponds next to the village of Biharugra, in the Southern Great Plains of Hungary, are a natural paradise. Their rich aquatic life and clean waters placed them in the List of Wild Waters of International Importance and classified them as IBAs (Important Bird Area) – a special bird protection designation under the Natura 2000 network.

 
Science seminar 2021: MPAs – a policy tool with only winners

Every year, the European Commission organises a seminar on fisheries science. The event attracts dozens of stakeholders from different areas to discuss and learn about topical issues in the fascinating world of oceans and fisheries. The focus of this year’s seminar was on marine protected areas (MPAs), and their beneficial role not just for the environment, but also for fishing and coastal communities.

 
World Oceans Day: Together to protect marine life

On this June 8th, as we celebrate World Oceans Day, we are happy to announce the 2021 edition of the #EUBeachCleanup campaign, aiming to raise awareness on the human impact on the ocean and build a worldwide citizens’ movement for sustainable action.

 
EFCA: Landing obligation evaluation shows overall compliance in the Baltic Sea

An evaluation of compliance with the landing obligation (LO) in selected fisheries in the Baltic Sea carried out in 2017 and 2018 has found an overall good level of compliance with the LO in pelagic gear herring and sprat fisheries over. However, the trend in other demersal segments in the Baltic Sea remains concerning, with a lower level of compliance with the LO in the fixed and towed gears catching plaice, as well as towed gear fleet segments targeting cod.