fishing policy Archive

  • Who speaks for Britain?

    Maria Damanaki, European fisheries commissioner There is a seminar to be held next week in London to discuss the nature of the European Union in the light of the ideas of the late historian Alan Milward, who argued that the EU was saving its member […]

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  • Tuna off the menu and onto the agenda

    Environmentalists are angry about the decision by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) at the weekend to reduce the allowable catch next year from 22,000 to 13,500 tonnes but not to abolish it altogether. Stocks of tuna are at dangerously low […]

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  • Will Iceland join the EU?

    The latest general election has seen the pro-European Social Democrat party come to power. Many years of rule by the Independence party are now over. During that time, Iceland was one of the biggest participants in global capitalism, with a large and expanding banking industry, […]

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  • EU fishing policy faces up to federal reality

    By Richard Laming Published in EUobserver, 24 April 2009 The problems of the European fishing industry are well-known. There are too many boats chasing too few fish. The ability of the fishing fleets to catch fish has been outstripping the ability of the marine environment to regenerate […]

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  • EU fishing policy to become more federal

    The blog has observed before the problems facing the fishing industry. The ability of the fishing fleets to catch fish has been outstripping the ability of the marine environment to regenerate itself. Every other industry has used technology to boost its productivity: why should fishing […]

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  • Some facts about fishing

    Apparently, there was a campaign launch today by the Taxpayers Alliance, protesting against the EU’s common fishing policy. There are a lot of things wrong with that policy, to be sure, but in the absence of the TPA’s campaign document I can’t comment on the […]

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  • The EU’s roots are showing

    Daily Telegraph environment correspondent Charles Clover reported last week on the failure of a bid by environmental pressure group WWF to overturn EU fishing policy in the courts. The complaint was that, contrary to its obligations, the Council of Ministers had not taken into account […]

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  • Britain: where did it all go wrong?

    Daily Mail columnist Quentin Letts has published a list of the “50 people who buggered up Britain”, complaining about various aspects of modern life and the way things have changed. Some of the targets would be on any list: Dr Beeching, who cut the railways, […]

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  • Ethics

    A British government consultation document on ethical trade in the food industry remarks that “the sourcing of fish from an unsustainable or sustainable source is as much an ethical issue as the payment the fishermen received for their labours.” (from “Towards one planet food, Final […]

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  • Fishing in the Pacific

    Two things caught my eye in a report in the Financial Times today about the decline of fish stocks in the Pacific Ocean. (Read the report here.) The first is the sense that the depletion of fish stocks is a global problem. (It sounds obvious, […]

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