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THE TRADE IN LIVE REEF FOOD FISH

Hong Kong has a great demand for Live Reef Food Fish (LRFF) and the city is a centre for the international trade. Fishes threatened with extinction can be found in this market, such as several species of groupers, for which Hong Kong is a significant player of the trade. This report explains and illustrates the More…

Victory! The European Parliament voted in favour of a full ban on electric fishing

The European Parliament adopted this morning with a very large majority (402 to 232) a full and definitive ban on electric fishing in Europe. The outcome of the vote remained uncertain until the last moment, with the Dutch industry flooding the Parliament with “fake news” that were strongly denounced by several MEPs during the Plenary More…

Fooled by fuel! Debunking the electric fishing lobby’s main argument

The number one argument of the Dutch lobby to promote electric fishing has been the reduction in fuel consumption, and thus its positive impact on climate.[1] However, as per their other arguments, this is only true when compared to one of the least sustainable fishing gear that exists: beam trawls. In fact, back in the More…

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Rebuttal to the Dutch electric trawling lobbies

As BLOOM’s campaign against electric fishing grows stronger, and as more and more voices rise up against this destructive fishing method ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on Tuesday January 16 2018, Dutch lobbies are desperately trying to counter our well-referenced arguments.[1] To this end, VisNed’s electric fishing lobby has prepared an advocacy document, which More…

The European Parliament under high tension

PRESS RELEASE, Brussels/Strasbourg After the suspension of parliamentary activity during the Christmas period, the controversy over electric fishing has ensured a return of high tension holidays in the European Parliament. The “Technical Measures” Regulation, which will be voted on in Plenary next Tuesday 16 January in Strasbourg, integrates dozens of harmful measures for the conservation More…

Advocacy document against electric fishing

As part of our campaign against electric fishing, we have prepared an advocacy document that reviews the many environmental and social problems caused by electric fishing, but also the underlying political and financial scandal: in 2006, the European Commission went against scientific advice to allow this prohibited fishing method. Since then, millions of euros of More…

Top European chefs take electric pulse fishing off the menu

Chef Christopher Coutanceau – Maison Coutanceau** in La Rochelle, inspired by his love of fine and good products and his membership of vast networks of Michelin-starred chefs, wrote the Manifesto of Chefs in support of BLOOM, presented Wednesday 10 January at the BLOOM press conference in the European Parliament. “We refuse to work with seafood More…

Electric fishing: new revelations on a European scandal

As the European Parliament prepares to vote on whether to restore the 1998 ban on electric fishing or to authorise its wide use throughout Europe, a group of NGOs and fisher organizations[1] have sent a joint letter to the European Commission revealing a compromising document, which questions the morality of its 2006 proposal to lift More…

India Sabotages Twenty Years of WTO Fisheries Subsidies Negotiations

Final version after WTO official statement – Buenos Aires, 13 December 2017 BLOOM and the Varda Group, which have been advocating for the adoption of strong fisheries subsidies disciplines at the WTO 11th Ministerial Conference, are dismayed by the WTO’s failure to agree on a binding agreement. Since the WTO initiated talks in 1999 on More…

WTO MC11 in Buenos Aires: No political tango, please

Upon landing in Buenos Aires on Dec. 6th 2017, the Low Hanging Fish campaign team was relieved to receive confirmation from Geneva that agreement had been reached among Trade negotiators to send the text of a Draft Ministerial Decision on Fisheries Subsidies to the WTO Ministerial Conference (Document WT/MIN(17)/W/4 of 6 December). After the Draft More…