Prince of Wales delivers strong statement on harmful subsidies

On October 5, 2017, during the opening session of “Our Ocean” Conference in Malta, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales delivered a powerful address about harmful subsidies and SDG 14. The Prince of Whales mentioned how encouraged he was by the World Trade Organization’s progress on the issue of fisheries subsidies. The Prince of Wales’ More…

Session on fisheries subsidies at the WTO Public Forum

During the WTO Public Forum held at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva (26-28 Sept. 2017), BLOOM and The Varda Group organized a session on public subsidies in collaboration with our partner the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). Representatives from many countries honoured us with their presence, including as panelists: Ambassador Juan Carlos More…

Transparency: cornerstone of optimal management of fisheries resources

Being able to understand, characterize and monitor subsidies granted by States will enable them to radically improve the long-term management of their wild stocks, increase revenues generated by fishing activities and secure food supply. Subsidies categories Data collection is essential in order to optimize the management of wild fish resources. Fisheries subsidies fall into the More…

Pesca eléctrica : la asociación BLOOM presenta una denuncia contra los Países Bajos

El 2 de octubre, BLOOM presentó formalmente una denuncia contra los Países Bajos a través de la Comisión Europea por haber concedido ilegalmente excepciones a sus barcos pesqueros para practicar la “pesca eléctrica”. La pesca eléctrica consiste en equipar las redes de arrastre de fondo con electrodos que envían impulsos eléctricos para capturar los peces More…

BLOOM contributes to the MSC consultation on ‘Units of Assessment’

Following the launch of the On The Hook campaign, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has failed to provide any satisfactory answer, although they keep reporting that the campaign’s claims are “false and misleading“. They have, however, opened a public consultation on what ‘units of assessment‘ should be. BLOOM has contributed to this consultation, although none More…

Pulse fishing: BLOOM files a complaint against The Netherlands

Today, BLOOM formally filed a complaint against The Netherlands through the European Commission complaint form for having illegally granted derogations to its vessels in order to practice “pulse fishing”. Pulse fishing consists in equipping regular bottom trawls with electrodes that send electric pulses through the sediment to capture the flatfish that live in it. This More…

Eliminating harmful fisheries subsidies: a Low Hanging Fish on the WTO agenda

SDG 14 revived the subsidies discussions at the WTO The Ocean Sustainable Development Goal #14.6 explicitly calls on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to “By 2020, prohibit certain forms of fisheries subsidies which contribute to overcapacity and overfishing, eliminate subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies, More…

Dutch advertising standards authority confirms Princes are “misleading consumers”

Press release by On The Hook September 22 2017 Today the Dutch Advertising Code Committee has found that Princes is “misleading consumers” through statements made on its tins of tuna which come from the unsustainable PNA fishery featuring the Marine Stewardship Council’s “blue tick” logo. The Marine Stewardship Council has recently come under fire for certifying fisheries More…

Steaming towards a successful WTO fisheries subsidies agreement

The World Trade Organization meets every two years to adopt trade rules. The next Ministerial Conference of the WTO (“MC11”) will be held from 10-13 December 2017 in Buenos Aires in Argentina. The WTO has been trying to reach an agreement on the elimination of harmful fisheries subsidies for almost two decades, but prompted by More…

Is the MSC turning its back on seabird conservation?

Completely missing the point of the On The Hook campaign, the MSC keeps using the chain of custody argument to justify its downward slide. Let us help them understand why we do not need yet another public consultation but a clear and swift change of direction. On the importance of seabird conservation Seabird interactions and More…