Fishing industry

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Monday, August 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

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Marine Stewardship Council Sustainability Certification Suspension Amidst Sustainable Management of Fishery

Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 3:00am

The Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association (MCSLA) announced today that its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification will be suspended due to a recent decision in the federal case Center for Biological Diversity v. Ross .

Key Points: 
  • The Maine Certified Sustainable Lobster Association (MCSLA) announced today that its Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification will be suspended due to a recent decision in the federal case Center for Biological Diversity v. Ross .
  • The certificate suspension is occurring despite continued sustainable management of the Maine lobster fishery and remains the direct result of NOAAs 2014 biological opinion on the impact that lobster fishing has on right whales.
  • As a trusted partner in the fishing community, MCSLA members are deeply committed to sustainability and marine mammal protection initiatives.
  • Our goal is to ensure and promote the certified sustainability of the Maine Lobster Fishery while protecting all marine mammals.

Government of Canada takes the fight against illegal fishing to outer space

Friday, June 5, 2020 - 5:03pm

OTTAWA, ON, June 5, 2020 /CNW/ - Today we mark the International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.

Key Points: 
  • OTTAWA, ON, June 5, 2020 /CNW/ - Today we mark the International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing.
  • That is why Canada has been working with our international partners, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and governments around the world to help combat IUU fishing.
  • As we navigate through this period of uncertainty, Fisheries and Oceans Canada continues to maintain all essential operations, and has increased efforts with its international partners to fight illegal fishing.
  • This support has allowed for decision making in the efficient management of assets in areas known for foreign fishing vessels engaging in IUU Fishing.

Committee receives briefing from fisheries experts

Friday, May 1, 2020 - 12:01am

On Wednesday 24 April the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committeeheld a private briefing with fisheries experts on the UKs negotiations with the EU on fisheries and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK fishing industry.

Key Points: 
  • On Wednesday 24 April the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committeeheld a private briefing with fisheries experts on the UKs negotiations with the EU on fisheries and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the UK fishing industry.
  • The briefing began with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the UK fisheries sector, including the reduction in demand from restaurants and difficulties for exporters.
  • The Committee is currently undertaking a major inquiry into COVID-19 and Food Supply which is looking at many of these issues.
  • Last year the EU and the UK committed to reaching an agreement on fisheries by 1 July 2020.

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Protocol to amend the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas - A9-0089/2020

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 8:01pm

Background The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is the body established by the ICCAT Convention for the conservation and management of the species under its purview.

Key Points: 
  • Background The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) is the body established by the ICCAT Convention for the conservation and management of the species under its purview.
  • The Convention entered into force on 21 March 1969 and gave ICCAT the authority to adopt recommendations that are binding on the Contracting Parties.
  • As a Contracting Party to the ICCAT Convention, the Union is a Member of ICCAT where it has full participation and voting rights.
  • In order to improve its effectiveness and strengthen the conservation and management of species under its jurisdiction, ICCAT Members agreed on the need to amend the Convention.
  • On 13 May 2013, the Council authorised the Commission to negotiate, on behalf of the European Union, amendments to the Convention.
  • Amendment to the Convention After almost seven years of negotiations, ICCAT parties approved the package of amendments to the ICCAT Convention thereby modernising the text of the ICCAT Convention.
  • These amendments bring the Convention in line with those of other regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) around the world.
  • The proposed amendments fully respect the mandate received from the Council and are in line with the Common Fisheries Policy, in particular its external dimension.
  • The most important change concerning stock management is the broadening of the scope of the Convention as regards to shark conservation and management.

RECOMMENDATION on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Agreement in the form of an exchange of letters between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania concerning the extension of the Protocol setting out the fishing o[...]

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 8:01pm

Background: The Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with Mauritania provides significant fishing opportunities targeting demersal and pelagic species as well as tuna and highly migratory species for the EU fleet.

Key Points: 
  • Background: The Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with Mauritania provides significant fishing opportunities targeting demersal and pelagic species as well as tuna and highly migratory species for the EU fleet.
  • Due to the complex nature of the negotiations, both parties indeed agreed to extend the current Protocol for a maximum period of one year.
  • They established the extension by way of an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters, which they initialled on 4 September 2019 in Brussels.
  • This extension avoided the interruption of fishing activities by EU vessels after the Protocol expired in November 2019.
  • It is now necessary for the European Parliament to make its decision as regards the approval of the extension.
  • Position of the rapporteur The fisheries agreement with Mauritania is the most important of the EU's current fisheries agreements with third countries.
  • EU shipowners have suffered heavy losses from the road transport blockade caused by the conflict at Mauritanias border with Morocco.
  • The rapporteur urges the Commission to ensure that the new protocol maintains the balance achieved on fishing opportunities in the financial contribution.
  • The cost-benefit ratio of the agreement with Mauritania, which the changes made to the technical measures have also helped improve, also needs to remain unchanged.

COVID-19: Council adopts rules to help EU fishermen

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 8:02am

The Council today adopted new rules intended to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the fishery and aquaculture sector.

Key Points: 
  • The Council today adopted new rules intended to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the fishery and aquaculture sector.
  • The new rules take the form of amendments to the regulation on the European maritime and fisheries fund (EMFF) and the regulation on the common market organisation (CMO).
  • The quantities eligible for storage aid will be increased to 25 % of the annual quantities of the products concerned.
  • It is expected that the amending regulation will be published in the EU Official Journal on 24 April 2020.

2020 Fish Oil Market Insights: Exports, Imports, Production, Value Chain Analysis

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 11:45am

DUBLIN, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Fish Oil Market & Volume, Global Forecast by Species, Application: Aquaculture, Direct Human Consumption, Others, Export, Import, Production, Value Chain Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Key Points: 
  • DUBLIN, April 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The "Fish Oil Market & Volume, Global Forecast by Species, Application: Aquaculture, Direct Human Consumption, Others, Export, Import, Production, Value Chain Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • This report provides a complete analysis of global fish oil market.
  • The growing use of fish oil in cosmetic products is also expected to encourage market growth.
  • Here the fish oil market is divided into three parts: Aquaculture, Direct Human Use, and Other.

Fish Oil Market Study 2020: Global Insights by Species, Application and Country - ResearchAndMarkets.com

Monday, April 20, 2020 - 10:12am

The "Fish Oil Market & Volume, Global Forecast by Species, Application: Aquaculture, Direct Human Consumption, Others, Export, Import, Production, Value Chain Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Key Points: 
  • The "Fish Oil Market & Volume, Global Forecast by Species, Application: Aquaculture, Direct Human Consumption, Others, Export, Import, Production, Value Chain Analysis" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • This report provides a complete analysis of global fish oil market.
  • The growing use of fish oil in cosmetic products is also expected to encourage market growth.
  • Here the fish oil market is divided into three parts: Aquaculture, Direct Human Use, and Other.

REPORT containing a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Cape Verde (20[...]

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 8:09pm

on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Cape Verde (2019-2024) (08662/2019 C90004/2019 2019/0078M(NLE)) The European Parliament, having regard to the draft Council decision (08662/2019), having regard to the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Cape Verde (2019-2024) (08668/2019), having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article43(2), Article218(6), second subparagraph, point (a)(v), and Article218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (C9-0004/2019), having regard to its legislative resolution of ... 2020[1] on the draft decision, having regard to Article 31(4) of Regulation (EU) No1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)[2], having regard to its resolution of 12 April 2016 on common rules in respect of application of the external dimension of the CFP, including fisheries agreements[3], having regard to the final report of February 2018 entitled Ex-post and Ex-ante evaluation study of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cabo Verde, having regard to Rule105(2) of its Rules of Procedure, having regard to the opinion of the Committee on Development, having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A9-0023/2020), A.whereas the Commission and the Government of Cape Verde have negotiated a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (EU-Cape Verde SFPA), together with an implementing protocol, for a five-year period; B.whereas the overall aim of the EU-Cape Verde SFPA is to increase fisheries cooperation between the EU and Cape Verde, in the interests of both parties, by promoting a sustainable fisheries policy and sustainable exploitation of fishery resources in the Cape Verde exclusive economic zone (EEZ); C.whereas the uptake of fishing opportunities under the previous EU-Cape Verde SFPA has ranged from 58% to 68%, with a good use for seiners and a moderate use for longliners and pole and line vessels; D.whereas sharks constitute 20% of catches, but the lack of scientific data means that the total figure may not be accurate and could be much higher; E.whereas the EU-Cape Verde SFPA should promote more effective sustainable development of the Cape Verdean fishing communities and of related industries and activities, including fisheries science; whereas the support to be provided under the Protocol has to be consistent with the national development plans and the Blue Growth Action Plan for development within ecological limits, devised with the United Nations to increase production in, and professionalise, the sector in order to meet the local populations food and employment needs; F.whereas the EUs commitments under international agreements should also be supported under the SFPA, namely the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 14, and whereas all EU actions, including the SFPA, must contribute to those objectives; G.whereas the EU, through the European Development Fund, is contributing a multiannual budget of EUR55million to Cape Verde, focusing on one main sector, namely the Good Governance and Development Contract (GGDC); H.whereas the SFPA should contribute to the promotion and development of the Cape Verdean fisheries sector and whereas basic infrastructure, such as ports, landing sites, storage facilities and processing plants, needs to be built or renovated; I.whereas Parliament must be immediately and fully informed, at all stages, of the procedures relating to the Protocol and its renewal; 1.Takes the view that the EU-Cape Verde SFPA should pursue two equally important goals: (1) to provide fishing opportunities for EU vessels in the Cape Verde EEZ, on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge and advice and without interfering with conservation and management measures by the regional organisations to which Cape Verde belongs notably the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) or overrunning the available surplus; and (2) to promote further economic, financial, technical and scientific cooperation between the EU and Cape Verde in the field of sustainable fisheries and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the Cape Verde EEZ, while at the same time not undermining Cape Verdes sovereign options and strategies relating to its own development; considers, at the same time and in the light of the high value of marine biology in Cape Verdean waters, that the agreement should guarantee the adoption of measures to mitigate accidental fishing by EU vessels in the Cape Verde EEZ; 2.Takes the view that measures should be taken to guarantee that the reference tonnage stipulated in the agreement is not exceeded; 3.Draws attention to the findings of the retrospective and prospective assessments of the Protocol to the EU-Cape Verde 2014-2018 SFPA, produced in May 2018, which stated that the Protocol had on the whole proved to be effective, efficient, appropriate to the interests involved, and consistent with the Cape Verdean sectoral policy, with a high degree of acceptability to stakeholders, and which recommended the option of concluding a new protocol; emphasises that there is scope for more effective progress in terms of fisheries cooperation between the EU and Cape Verde and considers that the new protocol should therefore go beyond previous protocols in the implementation of this agreement, in particular with regard to development support for the Cape Verdean fisheries sector; 4.Supports the need for significant progress in the development of the Cape Verdean fisheries sector, including the fishing industry and related activities, and calls on the Commission to take all necessary measures, including a possible revision and the bolstering of the sectoral support component of the agreement, along with the creation of conditions to increase the absorption rate of this support; 5.Considers that the EU-Cape Verde SFPA will not achieve its objectives if it does not contribute to increasing added value in Cape Verde as a result of the exploitation of its fishery resources; 6.Maintains that the EU-Cape Verde SFPA and the Protocol thereto have to be aligned with the national development plans and the Blue Growth Plan for the development within ecological limits of the Cape Verdean fisheries sector, which are priority areas for EU support and for which the necessary technical and financial assistance must be mobilised, and specifically should: strengthen institutional capacity and improve governance: drafting legislation, building on management plans and supporting the implementation of said legislation and management plans; tighten up monitoring, control and surveillance in the Cape Verde EEZ and surrounding areas; strengthen measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, including in inland waters; strengthen partnerships with other countries interested in fishing activity in the Cape Verdes EEZ, namely by means of fisheries agreements, and ensure transparency by publishing any content thereof, and by establishing a regional programme to train and use observers; support the establishment and improvement of a data collection programme that enables Cape Verdean authorities to understand the resources available and support the scientific assessment of resources, resulting in decision-making based on the best available scientific knowledge; enable the construction and/or renovation of key infrastructure for fisheries and related activities, such as landing quays and ports (both industrial and artisanal, for example at the port of Mindelo, So Vicente island), sites for storing and processing fish, markets, distribution and marketing infrastructure, and quality analysis laboratories; support and improve working conditions for all workers, in particular for women in all fishing-related activities, including not only commercialisation but also transformation, fisheries management and science; support the scientific knowledge necessary for the establishment of marine-protected areas, including their implementation, monitoring and control; limit bycatches of sensitive species, such as marine turtles; enable the reinforcement of organisations representing men and women in the fishing industry, especially those involved in small-scale artisanal fisheries, thereby helping to strengthen technical, management and negotiating capabilities; serve to set up and/or refurbish basic and vocational training centres, thereby raising the skill levels of fishers, seafarers and women in the fisheries sector and other blue economy-associated activities; strengthen measures to encourage young people to engage in fishing; enhance scientific research capabilities and the ability to monitor fishery resources and the marine environment; improve the sustainability of marine resources overall; 7.Welcomes the fact that the agreement does not concern small pelagic fish that are of great importance for the local population and for which there is no surplus; 8.Expresses its concern about the potentially detrimental impact of fishing activities on the shark population in the Cape Verde EEZ; 9.Considers that a more detailed evaluation of the benefits that the implementation of the Protocol brings to local economies (employment, infrastructure, social improvements) is necessary; 10.Considers it desirable to improve the quantity and accuracy of data on all catches (target species and bycatches), on the conservation status of fishery resources and on the impact of fishing activity in the marine environment, and to improve the implementation of sectoral support funding in order to enable a more exact assessment of the impact of the agreement on the marine ecosystem, fishing resources and local communities, including its social and economic impact; 11.Considers that, in the light of the possible closure of or placing of restrictions on fisheries, local fishing needs should be addressed first, on the basis of sound scientific advice, in order to ensure that resources are sustainable; 12.Calls on the Commission and the Cape Verdean authorities to improve data collection on and the monitoring of stocks in the context of overfishing, with a particular focus on sharks; 13.Calls on the Commission and the Member States, in their cooperation and official development assistance policies centring on Cape Verde, to bear in mind that the European Development Fund and the sectoral support laid down in this SFPA should complement each other in order to contribute to the strengthening of the local fisheries sector and to ensure that the country has full sovereignty over its own resources; calls on the Commission to facilitate, through the European Development Fund and other relevant instruments, the necessary steps for the provision of infrastructure which, by reason of its scale and cost, cannot be built solely by means of sectoral support within the framework of the SFPA, for example fishing ports (both industrial and artisanal); 14.Supports the need to increase the contribution of the SFPA to the local creation of direct and indirect jobs, either on vessels operating under the SFPA or in fishing activities, both upstream and downstream; considers that the Member States can play a key role and an active part in capacity-building and training efforts to this end; 15.Calls on the Commission and the Member States to further strengthen their cooperation with Cape Verde, to evaluate possibilities for enhancing future development assistance, primarily under the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) proposed as part of the EUs budget for 2021-2027, and particularly taking into account the good use of EU funds in Cape Verde and the countrys political stability in a complex geopolitical context, which must be supported and rewarded; 16.Calls on the Commission to urge the Republic of Cape Verde to use the financial contribution provided by the Protocol to strengthen its national fisheries industry in the long term, encourage demand for local investment and industrial projects, and encourage the growth of a sustainable blue economy, thereby creating local jobs and boosting the attractiveness of fishing activities to young generations; 17.Calls on the Commission to send to Parliament and make publicly available the minutes and conclusions of the meetings of the Joint Committee provided for in Article 9 of the agreement and the findings of the annual evaluations; calls on the Commission to enable representatives of Parliament to attend Joint Committee meetings as observers and to encourage the participation of Cape Verdean fishing communities and associated stakeholders; 18.Considers that information should be compiled on the benefits that implementation of the Protocol bringsto local economies (employment, infrastructure, social improvements); 19.Calls on the Commission and the Council, acting within the limits of their powers, to keep Parliament immediately and fully informed at every stage of the procedures relating to the Protocol and, if applicable, of its renewal, pursuant to Article13(2) of the Treaty on European Union and Article218(10) of the TFEU; 20.Draws the attention of the Commission, and particularly the Council, to the fact that persisting in proceeding with the provisional application of international agreements before Parliament has given its consent is not compatible with the guiding principles of the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making, that this practice greatly diminishes Parliaments status as the only directly democratically elected EU institution, and that it also damages the democratic credentials of the EU as a whole; 21.Calls on the Commission to better integrate the recommendations made in the EU-Cape Verde SFPA and to take them into account, for instance, in the procedures for the renewal of the Protocol; 22.Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, and the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Cape Verde.

Key Points: 
  • on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Cape Verde (2019-2024) (08662/2019 C90004/2019 2019/0078M(NLE)) The European Parliament, having regard to the draft Council decision (08662/2019), having regard to the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Cape Verde (2019-2024) (08668/2019), having regard to the request for consent submitted by the Council in accordance with Article43(2), Article218(6), second subparagraph, point (a)(v), and Article218(7) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (C9-0004/2019), having regard to its legislative resolution of ... 2020[1] on the draft decision, having regard to Article 31(4) of Regulation (EU) No1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11December 2013 on the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)[2], having regard to its resolution of 12 April 2016 on common rules in respect of application of the external dimension of the CFP, including fisheries agreements[3], having regard to the final report of February 2018 entitled Ex-post and Ex-ante evaluation study of the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Cabo Verde, having regard to Rule105(2) of its Rules of Procedure, having regard to the opinion of the Committee on Development, having regard to the report of the Committee on Fisheries (A9-0023/2020), A.whereas the Commission and the Government of Cape Verde have negotiated a new sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (EU-Cape Verde SFPA), together with an implementing protocol, for a five-year period; B.whereas the overall aim of the EU-Cape Verde SFPA is to increase fisheries cooperation between the EU and Cape Verde, in the interests of both parties, by promoting a sustainable fisheries policy and sustainable exploitation of fishery resources in the Cape Verde exclusive economic zone (EEZ); C.whereas the uptake of fishing opportunities under the previous EU-Cape Verde SFPA has ranged from 58% to 68%, with a good use for seiners and a moderate use for longliners and pole and line vessels; D.whereas sharks constitute 20% of catches, but the lack of scientific data means that the total figure may not be accurate and could be much higher; E.whereas the EU-Cape Verde SFPA should promote more effective sustainable development of the Cape Verdean fishing communities and of related industries and activities, including fisheries science; whereas the support to be provided under the Protocol has to be consistent with the national development plans and the Blue Growth Action Plan for development within ecological limits, devised with the United Nations to increase production in, and professionalise, the sector in order to meet the local populations food and employment needs; F.whereas the EUs commitments under international agreements should also be supported under the SFPA, namely the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 14, and whereas all EU actions, including the SFPA, must contribute to those objectives; G.whereas the EU, through the European Development Fund, is contributing a multiannual budget of EUR55million to Cape Verde, focusing on one main sector, namely the Good Governance and Development Contract (GGDC); H.whereas the SFPA should contribute to the promotion and development of the Cape Verdean fisheries sector and whereas basic infrastructure, such as ports, landing sites, storage facilities and processing plants, needs to be built or renovated; I.whereas Parliament must be immediately and fully informed, at all stages, of the procedures relating to the Protocol and its renewal; 1.Takes the view that the EU-Cape Verde SFPA should pursue two equally important goals: (1) to provide fishing opportunities for EU vessels in the Cape Verde EEZ, on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge and advice and without interfering with conservation and management measures by the regional organisations to which Cape Verde belongs notably the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) or overrunning the available surplus; and (2) to promote further economic, financial, technical and scientific cooperation between the EU and Cape Verde in the field of sustainable fisheries and sound exploitation of fishery resources in the Cape Verde EEZ, while at the same time not undermining Cape Verdes sovereign options and strategies relating to its own development; considers, at the same time and in the light of the high value of marine biology in Cape Verdean waters, that the agreement should guarantee the adoption of measures to mitigate accidental fishing by EU vessels in the Cape Verde EEZ; 2.Takes the view that measures should be taken to guarantee that the reference tonnage stipulated in the agreement is not exceeded; 3.Draws attention to the findings of the retrospective and prospective assessments of the Protocol to the EU-Cape Verde 2014-2018 SFPA, produced in May 2018, which stated that the Protocol had on the whole proved to be effective, efficient, appropriate to the interests involved, and consistent with the Cape Verdean sectoral policy, with a high degree of acceptability to stakeholders, and which recommended the option of concluding a new protocol; emphasises that there is scope for more effective progress in terms of fisheries cooperation between the EU and Cape Verde and considers that the new protocol should therefore go beyond previous protocols in the implementation of this agreement, in particular with regard to development support for the Cape Verdean fisheries sector; 4.Supports the need for significant progress in the development of the Cape Verdean fisheries sector, including the fishing industry and related activities, and calls on the Commission to take all necessary measures, including a possible revision and the bolstering of the sectoral support component of the agreement, along with the creation of conditions to increase the absorption rate of this support; 5.Considers that the EU-Cape Verde SFPA will not achieve its objectives if it does not contribute to increasing added value in Cape Verde as a result of the exploitation of its fishery resources; 6.Maintains that the EU-Cape Verde SFPA and the Protocol thereto have to be aligned with the national development plans and the Blue Growth Plan for the development within ecological limits of the Cape Verdean fisheries sector, which are priority areas for EU support and for which the necessary technical and financial assistance must be mobilised, and specifically should: strengthen institutional capacity and improve governance: drafting legislation, building on management plans and supporting the implementation of said legislation and management plans; tighten up monitoring, control and surveillance in the Cape Verde EEZ and surrounding areas; strengthen measures to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities, including in inland waters; strengthen partnerships with other countries interested in fishing activity in the Cape Verdes EEZ, namely by means of fisheries agreements, and ensure transparency by publishing any content thereof, and by establishing a regional programme to train and use observers; support the establishment and improvement of a data collection programme that enables Cape Verdean authorities to understand the resources available and support the scientific assessment of resources, resulting in decision-making based on the best available scientific knowledge; enable the construction and/or renovation of key infrastructure for fisheries and related activities, such as landing quays and ports (both industrial and artisanal, for example at the port of Mindelo, So Vicente island), sites for storing and processing fish, markets, distribution and marketing infrastructure, and quality analysis laboratories; support and improve working conditions for all workers, in particular for women in all fishing-related activities, including not only commercialisation but also transformation, fisheries management and science; support the scientific knowledge necessary for the establishment of marine-protected areas, including their implementation, monitoring and control; limit bycatches of sensitive species, such as marine turtles; enable the reinforcement of organisations representing men and women in the fishing industry, especially those involved in small-scale artisanal fisheries, thereby helping to strengthen technical, management and negotiating capabilities; serve to set up and/or refurbish basic and vocational training centres, thereby raising the skill levels of fishers, seafarers and women in the fisheries sector and other blue economy-associated activities; strengthen measures to encourage young people to engage in fishing; enhance scientific research capabilities and the ability to monitor fishery resources and the marine environment; improve the sustainability of marine resources overall; 7.Welcomes the fact that the agreement does not concern small pelagic fish that are of great importance for the local population and for which there is no surplus; 8.Expresses its concern about the potentially detrimental impact of fishing activities on the shark population in the Cape Verde EEZ; 9.Considers that a more detailed evaluation of the benefits that the implementation of the Protocol brings to local economies (employment, infrastructure, social improvements) is necessary; 10.Considers it desirable to improve the quantity and accuracy of data on all catches (target species and bycatches), on the conservation status of fishery resources and on the impact of fishing activity in the marine environment, and to improve the implementation of sectoral support funding in order to enable a more exact assessment of the impact of the agreement on the marine ecosystem, fishing resources and local communities, including its social and economic impact; 11.Considers that, in the light of the possible closure of or placing of restrictions on fisheries, local fishing needs should be addressed first, on the basis of sound scientific advice, in order to ensure that resources are sustainable; 12.Calls on the Commission and the Cape Verdean authorities to improve data collection on and the monitoring of stocks in the context of overfishing, with a particular focus on sharks; 13.Calls on the Commission and the Member States, in their cooperation and official development assistance policies centring on Cape Verde, to bear in mind that the European Development Fund and the sectoral support laid down in this SFPA should complement each other in order to contribute to the strengthening of the local fisheries sector and to ensure that the country has full sovereignty over its own resources; calls on the Commission to facilitate, through the European Development Fund and other relevant instruments, the necessary steps for the provision of infrastructure which, by reason of its scale and cost, cannot be built solely by means of sectoral support within the framework of the SFPA, for example fishing ports (both industrial and artisanal); 14.Supports the need to increase the contribution of the SFPA to the local creation of direct and indirect jobs, either on vessels operating under the SFPA or in fishing activities, both upstream and downstream; considers that the Member States can play a key role and an active part in capacity-building and training efforts to this end; 15.Calls on the Commission and the Member States to further strengthen their cooperation with Cape Verde, to evaluate possibilities for enhancing future development assistance, primarily under the new Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI) proposed as part of the EUs budget for 2021-2027, and particularly taking into account the good use of EU funds in Cape Verde and the countrys political stability in a complex geopolitical context, which must be supported and rewarded; 16.Calls on the Commission to urge the Republic of Cape Verde to use the financial contribution provided by the Protocol to strengthen its national fisheries industry in the long term, encourage demand for local investment and industrial projects, and encourage the growth of a sustainable blue economy, thereby creating local jobs and boosting the attractiveness of fishing activities to young generations; 17.Calls on the Commission to send to Parliament and make publicly available the minutes and conclusions of the meetings of the Joint Committee provided for in Article 9 of the agreement and the findings of the annual evaluations; calls on the Commission to enable representatives of Parliament to attend Joint Committee meetings as observers and to encourage the participation of Cape Verdean fishing communities and associated stakeholders; 18.Considers that information should be compiled on the benefits that implementation of the Protocol bringsto local economies (employment, infrastructure, social improvements); 19.Calls on the Commission and the Council, acting within the limits of their powers, to keep Parliament immediately and fully informed at every stage of the procedures relating to the Protocol and, if applicable, of its renewal, pursuant to Article13(2) of the Treaty on European Union and Article218(10) of the TFEU; 20.Draws the attention of the Commission, and particularly the Council, to the fact that persisting in proceeding with the provisional application of international agreements before Parliament has given its consent is not compatible with the guiding principles of the Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making, that this practice greatly diminishes Parliaments status as the only directly democratically elected EU institution, and that it also damages the democratic credentials of the EU as a whole; 21.Calls on the Commission to better integrate the recommendations made in the EU-Cape Verde SFPA and to take them into account, for instance, in the procedures for the renewal of the Protocol; 22.Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, and the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Cape Verde.
  • for the Committee on Fisheries on a motion for a non-legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Cape Verde (2019-2024) Rapporteur for opinion: Catherine Chabaud SUGGESTIONS The Committee on Development calls on the Committee on Fisheries, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions into its motion for a resolution: 1.Notes that, in a context of overfishing, while the European Union is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG 14 (on conserving and sustainably using the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development), the new reference tonnage represents an increase of 60% in comparison with the current protocol; calls, therefore, for very careful monitoring of stocks, with particular attention to pelagic sharks, whose vulnerability is stressed by scientists; 2.Calls for the use of measures to reduce bycatches to be obligatory for the European Union's long-distance fleet and explicitly stated in all sustainable fisheries partnership agreements; 3.Calls on the Commission and Cape Verde to provide more detailed information about the cumulative effects that the various fisheries agreements in force in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) concerned have on the resource, and about the development of industrial fishing activities in the region; 4.Considers that, in view of the many challenges facing Cape Verde, this Protocol and the financial contribution should contribute to the following priorities: promoting a sustainable blue economy by supporting small-scale local fisheries, the cold chain, the modernisation of port infrastructure, food hygiene and safety and the strengthening of the position of women and young people in local fisheries, who play an important part in marketing and processing; supporting artisanal fishing and involving local fishing communities more in determining initiatives to be carried out by way of sectoral support, for example by providing support in the form of training; improving scientific knowledge and cooperation in this ocean region by enabling local scientists to travel on board vessels operating in this area, in view of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), so as to make the local population aware of this knowledge and its use; fostering local economic development and strengthening coastal communities dependent on marine resources; participating in ambitious European Union and Cape Verde contributions to the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development; in the context of support for the sector, stepping up monitoring, control and surveillance of fisheries, thus preventing illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, notably by improving governance, capacity building and training on this matter in cooperation with the local administration, but also supporting the introduction of innovative surveillance techniques such as satellite-based vessel monitoring systems, particularly on small islands which have to manage fishing activities within the 200 miles that make up their EEZ; enabling the Union and the Republic of Cape Verde, in accordance with the objective of the Protocol, to work more closely on promoting a sustainable fisheries policy and on the responsible exploitation of fisheries resources in Cape Verde waters, preventing all forms of overexploitation in Cape Verde's EEZ; combating pollution by supporting the collection of plastics by local fishermen; 5.Calls for transparency regarding the use of EU sectoral funding in order to allow for better monitoring; calls, therefore, for closer cooperation between the various Commission departments concerned and suggests that the EU delegation to Cape Verde could contribute to the monitoring of this protocol; 6.Recalls that transparent scientific data should always form the basis for any decisions made at EU level concerning the Protocol's renewal in order for the Union to be able to fulfil its environmental commitments; 7.Insists that this agreement should be adapted to Cape Verdes needs and priorities, notably those outlined in Cape Verdes Blue Economy Plan; 8.Calls on the Commission to ensure that the enlarged pan-African political framework for fisheries sustainable fisheries partnership agreements clearly arranges for as many stakeholders (civil society, local fishing communities, scientists) as possible, from both parties, to be involved in the talks and in implementing the Protocol; 9.Recommends that this agreement be brought into line with other programmes, financed by other donors such as the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations or the African Development Bank, to prevent duplication and to ensure public awareness of the different financing sources for different projects.
  • 10.Recalls that marine resources cross borders; therefore calls, with a view to bolstering regional and global strategies for fisheries governance with third countries, for the cumulative effect of the fisheries agreements concluded with countries in the region to be taken into account.
  • PROCEDURE COMMITTEE ASKED FOR OPINION Title Conclusion of the Protocol on the implementation of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Cape Verde (2019-2024)