The ban on deep-sea bottom trawling enters into force today

London, January 12, 2017 The new deep-sea fishing regulation which incepts the ban on deep-sea bottom trawling beyond 800 meters in depth comes into force on Thursday 12 January 2017. After a long and painful reform process, the European regulation (EU)2016/2336 finally replaces the former legislation (EC)2347/2002, which had become obsolete and ineffective in protecting More…

Claire Nouvian: Ocean Award winner for deep-sea fight

In London on January 11th 2017, BOAT Magazine and the Blue Marine Foundation organized the second annual edition of The Ocean Awards, “which celebrate individuals and projects that have made outstanding contributions to the health of the oceans.” Claire Nouvian won the Policy Award, for BLOOM’s outstanding and eight-year long campaign that resulted in an EU-wide More…

Pulse fishing

Electric pulse fishing is a technique that consists in sending electroshocks in the sediment to capture flatfish species living in it. This technique was banned in 1998 by the European Commission,[1] but “experimental” exemptions were delivered for the North Sea area (see map) at the request of the Netherlands: 5% of the trawlers’ fleet of each More…

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…