21 November, 2014

Several NGOs (Access Info, Ecologistas en Acción, Fundació ENT, Greenpeace, Oceana, WWF and Deep Sea Conservation Coalition) have sent an information request to the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment in order to clarify the impact on the Spanish deep-sea fleet of the European Commission’s proposal for a new regulation for the management of deep-sea fishing in the Northeast Atlantic. Since the early stages of the negotiation process on the proposal, both the Spanish government and the industry have publicly, and on several occasions, stated data that present large discrepancies regarding the impact of the proposal on the fleet operating in deep-waters.

Available in Spanish.

8 April, 2014

Source: European Union Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B – Structural and Cohesion Policies, Fisheries, 2014.

This Analysis examines the situation in the fishery for deep-sea species in the North-East Atlantic. It presents an overview of the legislation for management of the stocks and compares the NEAFC management regime with the EU regime and the legislation in the coastal states in the North-East Atlantic. The note recommends a revision of the list of species that at present defines deep-sea fisheries, and a change in EU legislation for defining deep-sea fishing vessels. It also encourages coastal states in the North Atlantic to build on the measures agreed in NEAFC in national waters.

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31 January, 2014

Following the controversial outcome of the 10th December European Parliament vote on the phase out of deep-sea bottom trawling, the Intermarché fleet, Scapêche, has “reached out” to NGOs to discuss the group’s deep-sea fishing practices in the northeast Atlantic.

Available in English and French.