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  • Pew Calls on EU Parliament to Strengthen Shark Finning Ban

    The European Parliament Fisheries Committee voted today on a suite of amendments in response to a European Commission proposal to strengthen the EU ban on shark “finning” (removing a shark's fins and discarding the body at sea). Attempts to widen loopholes in the finning regulation were defeated, however parliamentarians voted for the provision of exceptions to the complete ban on the removal of... Read More

  • EU Commission Makes History with Proposal to Phase Out Bottom Trawling for Deep-Sea Species

    In a move that will help protect one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth, the European Commission today proposed phasing out destructive bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting among deep sea fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic. The Pew Environment Group praised EC Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, for the bold proposal to finally put an end to these... Read More

  • Europeans Call on their Decision-Makers to End Overfishing

    Today is World Oceans Day, and OCEAN2012 is launching the third European Fish Weeks, when citizens across Europe will organise public events in 12 EU member states to raise awareness of overfishing and of decision-makers' responsibility to end it. Although the situation is slowly improving, many EU fish populations are still being overfished, with 19 percent of assessed stocks... Read More

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