Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. 24/7 Space News .




WATER WORLD
Disputed fish quota cuts lead to tough EU talks
by Staff Writers
Brussels (AFP) Dec 18, 2012


EU fishery ministers began difficult talks Tuesday on the vexed question of 2013 quotas as they sought to balance conflicting demands from environmentalists and fishermen alike.

The European Commission is proposing to cut quotas for some 47 fish species in the Atlantic and North Sea because many stocks are over-exploited.

In October, they agreed to maintain controversial fishing subsidies for the industry, opposed by environmental groups who say they only encourage overfishing of already stressed stocks.

The subsidies pay for modernising existing vessels or taking older boats out of the fleet and are jealously guarded by the main fishing powers -- France, Portugal and especially Spain.

"The negotiations are going to go on all day, into the night, to tomorrow and no doubt, tomorrow night as well," said Cyprus Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sofocilis Aletraris as he went in to chair the talks.

Environmentalists are pressing for reforms to allow stocks to recover above so-called Maximum Sustainable Yields (MSY), the EU benchmark, while major fishing groups claim ministers were caving in to Green demands.

Europeche, which represents EU national fishery organisations, said the planned quota cuts go beyond the scientific recommendations and put environmental over social and economic considerations.

To accept them would undercut the viability of companies and lead to job losses across the industry, Europeche said in a statement.

Spanish Agriculture Minister Miguel Arias Canete said the proposed quota cuts, some of more than 30 percent, were not justified by scientific research and would harm his country's fishing industry.

The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament meanwhile approved measures to rebuild fish stocks above MSY levels, to ban the practice of fish discards and control subsidies.

The WWF said the vote would prove to be the cornerstone of a new EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) Basic Regulation, meeting all its five goals of reform.

The committee has shown "through this milestone vote that the European Parliament is listening to scientific advice and wants fish stocks to recover."

Small artisanal fishermen meanwhile said any quota cuts should not hurt those who practice traditional methods which harm the environment least.

.


Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WATER WORLD
Russian center to study 'killer' waves
Vladivostok, Russia (UPI) Dec 14, 2012
Russia says it has opened a research center dedicated to the study of "killer waves" that can threaten large cargo ships, ocean liners and oil platforms. The dangerous phenomenon, also known as "rogue waves" or "freak waves," are giant, spontaneous ocean surface waves that occur far out at sea, scientists said. Waves of up to 115 feet high, caused when physical factors such as hi ... read more


WATER WORLD
GRAIL Lunar Impact Site Named for Astronaut Sally Ride

NASA probes crash into the moon

No plans of sending an Indian on moon

Rocket Burn Sets Stage for Dynamic Moon Duos' Lunar Impact

WATER WORLD
Curious About Life: Interview with Darby Dyer

Opportunity Checking Out Some Rocks At Matijevic Hill

Curiosity Rover Nearing Yellowknife Bay

Charitum Montes: a cratered winter wonderland

WATER WORLD
NASA Progressing Toward First Launch of Orion Spacecraft

New member of the exclusive space club

NASA Awards Commercial Crew Certification Contracts

China patent office becomes world's largest: WIPO

WATER WORLD
Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

China to launch manned spacecraft

Tiangong 1 Parked And Waiting As Shenzhou 10 Mission Prep Continues

WATER WORLD
Medical Ops, Fan Checks for Space Crew; New Trio Checks Soyuz

Khrunichev Completes Nauka Space Station Module

New Crew of ISS to Perform Two Spacewalks

Space Station to reposition for science

WATER WORLD
Arctic town eyes future as Europe's gateway to space

ISRO planning 10 space missions in 2013

Russia works to fix satellite's off-target orbit

ULA Launch Monopoly to End

WATER WORLD
Astronomers discover and 'weigh' infant solar system

Search for Life Suggests Solar Systems More Habitable than Ours

Do missing Jupiters mean massive comet belts?

Brown Dwarfs May Grow Rocky Planets

WATER WORLD
Samsung is top 2012 phone brand, ousting Nokia

Instagram yields to user outrage over policy change

Rice uses light to remotely trigger biochemical reactions

Apple losses bid for US ban on Samsung smartphones




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement