The MSC label torpedoes its credibility over orange roughy fishery

MSC label certifies the New Zealand orange roughy fishery The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which certifies more than 10% of the world’s wild fish catch and nearly half of the white fish such as cod, hake or pollock, has made a fatal decision on its credibility by granting its “sustainable fishing” logo to one of More…

Open governement in France: an empty promise ?

As France is about to host the Open Government Partnership Global Summit, a number of Civil Society Organizations point out the inconsistencies of the French government. Some have decided not to attend. A report on “open government” in France, (9 pages in French), co-signed by the following Civil Society Organizations (CSO): ANTICOR, April, BLOOM, DemocracyOS France, Fais ta More…

The allowable catch of endangered deep-sea species must be zero, say conservationists

  Brussels 10th November 2016: Marine conservation experts call on the European Council of Fisheries Ministers to prohibit fishing for endangered deep-sea species. The Council will meet on 14-15 November to decide on Total Allowable Catches (TACs) and quotas for deep-sea fishing in the North-East Atlantic*. Two species of deep-sea fish – roundnose grenadier and More…

A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all

Common statement signed by BLOOM Association and 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions, ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava on 16 September 2016. A new Europe for people, planet and prosperity for all Europe is at a crossroads, and the future of European cooperation and the benefits it brings are at More…

Europe bans deep-sea bottom trawling, at long, long last!

Brussels, June 30th 2016 After four years of legislative procedures, endless upstream lobbying by the fishing industry to try to prevent the French government and the European Commission from proposing a ban on deep-sea bottom trawling, an agreement has finally been found, this Thursday June 30th, between the three European institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission) sealing More…

Intermarché group announces phasing out all deep-sea bottom trawling and sales of deep-sea fish by 2025.

Hats off! The giant retail group “Les Mousquetaires” (owner of Intermarché, Netto, Bricomarché brands etc.) announced earlier today[1] that its fishing fleet, “Scapêche”, an important player in deep-sea fishing in Europe, will progressively phase out fishing for deep-sea species, as well as the sale of deep-sea fish in its supermarkets by 2025. The group also More…

Alarming disinformation at the heart of French institutions

Paris, March 11, 2016 During the French parliamentary debate on the “Blue Economy” bill at the National Assembly on 2 and 3 February 2016, the Secretary of State for Fisheries and some French MPs have put forward tremendously optimistic figures about the health of fish stocks to reject important measures seeking to restore fish populations More…

French Minister Ségolène Royal Delivers vibrant Speech in favor of the ban of deep-sea bottom trawling

As the European Parliament, Council and Commission are going through a lengthy Trilogue negotiation, in France senators tried to take a step ahead of Europe. From 19th to 22nd January 2016 the Senate discussed the ‘Biodiversity law’ project (first reading/review). Senators from different political sides (Greens, Democrats, Republican…) proposed an amendment to implement a depth-based ban of deep-sea More…