MedReAct urges the Mediterranean coastal states to prevent Bluefin tuna illegal fishing

With the opening of the 2014 Bluefin Tuna Fishing Season,  MedReAct urges the Mediterranean coastal states and Italy in particular, to ensure that all measures are put in place to prevent illegal fishing.

red tunaBased on media reports MedReAct was able to document that in 2013 over 130 tones of Bluefin tuna illegally harvested by Italian fishing vessels were seized by national control authorities. This amount is believed to be only a fraction of the total volume that enter the European black market.

The information assembled by MedReAct indicates that the majority of the BFT seizures were carried out in Sicily, whereas in other Italian regions such as Calabria, Campania and Apulia the amounts were minimal. However, several vessels from these regions have been repeatedly reported to fish illegally BFT in the past, with gears such as driftnets and longlines. For example fishermen from ports such as Bagnara in Calabria are continuously challenging the enforcement of the driftnets ban on large pelagic species, such as tuna and swordfish.

Italy is now facing an infringement procedure for the use of illegal driftnets, which may cost Italian taxpayers an EU sanction of 130 milions.

While the EU has announced strict controls during the large purse seiners BFT fishing season (26 May – 24 June 2014), concerns remain high over the capacity of Mediterranean countries to effectively ensure adequate controls on the rest of the fleet.

The effects of the economic crisis on national controls budgets coupled with the dramatic rise of unemployment in the Mediterranean may results in a steep increase of illegal fishing on stocks that are already severely depleted.

Pesca: Commissione europea vuole mettere al bando reti da posta derivanti

Le reti da posta vengono lasciate in mare in modo che siano i pesci a rimanervi impigliati: quelle derivanti si spostano seguendo le correnti e vengono usate soprattutto in alto mare, finendo per catturare specie migratorie quali tonni e pesce spada come pure mammiferi marini, tartarughe di mare e uccelli marini. La Commissione europea intende vietare la pesca con qualsiasi tipo di rete da posta derivante, in tutte le acque dell’Unione europea, a partire dal primo gennaio 2015. Lo fa con una proposta di Regolamento per la definitiva messa al bando di tutte le reti derivanti a partire dal 1 gennaio 2015.

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The obligation to land all cathes – consequences for the Mediterranean

discardsPolicy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies of the European Parliament has carried out an in-depth analysis entitled The obligation to land all catches – consequences for the Mediterranean at the request of the Committee on Fisheries. You can download it here.

Abstract

The Landing obligation of regulated species in the EU Mediterranean is raising some concerns about its effective implementation. This report provides a state-of-the-art of fishery discards in the Mediterranean, discussing consequences of the discards ban and finally providing some recommendations on how to tackle the problem of juvenile catches.

 

¡Sin mala espina! Guía de consumo responsable de pescado y marisco

  • Autora: Lydia Chaparro
  • Editorial: Libros en Acción
  • Publicación: Febrero 2014
  • ISBN: 978-84-940652-5-5
  • Formato: Rústica con solapas. 288 páginas

PORTADA-GUIASin Mala Espina pretende informar de los problemas del actual modelo de producción y gestión pesquera que han conducido a la sobreexplotación de la mayor parte de los productos del mar más consumidos. Revertir esta situación está en manos de todas y todos. Apostar por una pesca sostenible y un consumo responsable ya es un gran paso.

La guía ofrece criterios para las personas que piensan que el consumo es una herramienta fundamental para cambiar esta situación. Con ella podremos evitar los productos que no estén debidamente etiquetados o cuya captura este asociada a un mayor impacto ambiental o social.

La información que ofrece cada etiqueta y cinco preguntas básicas, ¿Qué? ¿Cómo? ¿Cuándo? ¿Donde? ¿Cuánto? facilitarán, sin duda alguna, la elección del consumidor. Se han evaluado las 71 especies más consumidas en nuestros hogares y se ha elaborado una recomendación de consumo con instrucciones para una elección más responsable. Debido al mal estado de la mayoría de las especies se incide en la diversificación y reducción de nuestro consumo. Una guía tan útil como clarificadora.

Más info en: http://sinmalaespina.org/

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