03 Apr 2017
EUROPEAN COMMISISON DAILY NEWS – 03 APRILBrussels Daily
EU and Member States agree to step up efforts to protect oceans
EU Ministers today welcomed the Communication on International Ocean Governance, adopted by the Commission and the High Representative in November 2016, calling it a “timely and relevant contribution to achieving […]better coordination and cooperation to ensure that oceans are safe, secure, conserved and sustainably used and managed.” The Ministers stressed the urgent need for the EU and its Member States to step up efforts to protect the oceans and seas. Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, Fisheries and Environment Karmenu Vella welcomed the news at the 8th edition of the Monaco Blue Initiative on ocean management and conservation. The event is co-organised by the Monaco Oceanographic Institute, the Foundation Albert I, the Prince of Monaco, and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundationand this year’s focus will be on Marine Protected Areas. Commissioner Vella said: “The EU and its Member States are taking a leading role as global actors to strengthen international ocean governance. Delivering on our agenda for the future of our oceans will allow us to conserve and better use our precious marine resources.” This year’s focus will be on Marine Protected Areas. The Commissioner’s speech at the Blue Initiative event is available here.
Bridging gaps in data to save Mediterranean fish stocks – first follow-up to Medfish4Ever political declaration
Studies by the Commission’s Scientific Technical Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) show that fish stocks in the Mediterranean are deteriorating at an alarming rate. Better data collection is one of the key preconditions to save these fish stocks, as acknowledged by the Medfish4Ever political declaration, signed by Mediterranean basin Ministers last week (30 May). To support work towards this objective, the JRC has developed a public database which is now online to help monitor the status of fish stocks in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, responsible for the JRC, said: “The collection of fisheries data is indispensable for the long-term sustainability of the sector. The online database developed by the Joint Research Centre is a step in the right direction. It contains almost 10 years’ worth of fish stock assessments in the Mediterranean Sea. This data and the scientific advice accompanying it will enable a more accurate analysis of existing fish stocks and thus contribute to the overall fisheries management in the Mediterranean, for the benefit of the environment and citizens.” More details are available here.