Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland: Two Centuries of Change in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem

[tweetmeme] Ruth H. Thurstan and Callum M. Roberts (Environment Department, University of York) have published a good new article titled „Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland: Two Centuries of Change in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem.“  The abstract to their article reads: The Firth of Clyde is a large inlet of the sea that … Continue reading

Water and Marine Sustainability Month

[tweetmeme] In July we will focus on the sustainable use of water and marine resources, including: conservation, hydrological restoration, ground water, oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, aquifers and sustainable use of marine resources / sustainable fishing. Each week in July we will be reviewing, presenting and highlighting content in these areas, both with new content and existing … Continue reading

Protecting Europe’s water resources: Water for life – LIFE for water

[tweetmeme The Directorate-General for the Environment of the European Commission has issued a publication addressing the challenges in protecting Europe’s water resources – ensuring their sustainable use, protection from pollution and waste, and continued availability in a changing climate.  The foreward to this publication, which summarises the activities of the LIFE programme in the water … Continue reading

Consultation on EU Action Plan for reducing incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears

[tweetmeme Our readers are invited to give their opinion on a draft EU Action Plan to protect sea birds from harm through commercial fishing activities.  The European Commission intends to develop an EU Action Plan to reduce incidental catches of seabirds in fishing gears. The proposed initiative aims to reduce such catches, namely in longlines … Continue reading

News: How clean are Europe’s beaches and bathing waters?

[tweetmeme Brussels, 10 June 2010.  Clean bathing waters are vital for key economic sectors such as tourism and for plant and animal life. The annual bathing water report presented by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency shows that 96 % of coastal bathing areas and 90 % of bathing sites in rivers and … Continue reading

A sea change for ocean management – A European strategy for marine and maritime research

[tweetmeme Reconciling maritime economic activities with preservation of marine ecosystems is one the major challenges of the European Union for the years to come. The new European strategy for Marine and Maritime Research adopted by the Commission in September 2008 is an essential pillar of the EU Maritime Policy. It will contribute to the preservation … Continue reading

Comparative Influence of Ocean Conditions on Yellowfin and Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Catch

Directed fishing effort for Atlantic bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), their primary spawning grounds in the western Atlantic, has been prohibited since the 1980s due to a precipitous decline of the spawning stock biomass. However, pelagic longlines targeted at other species, primarily yellowfin tuna and swordfish, continue to catch Atlantic bluefin tuna … Continue reading

News: EU Sustainable Fishing Policy Continues to Evolve (new opinions and an explanation of key aspects of the Common Fisheries Policy)

On 29th May 2010 the EU Official Journal published the EU Committee of Regions’ issued opinion on the Green Paper — reform of the common fisheries policy and a sustainable future for aquaculture.  In this Opinion, the Committee: —     agrees on the need to structure the decision-making process within the CFP, including delegating the regulation … Continue reading

News: EU identifies and names ships fishing illegally in EU waters

On 29 May 2010, the EC published a new regulation establishing the EU list of vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing as part of its overall efforts to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks in EU regulated waters. Chapter V of Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 lays down procedures for the identification of fishing … Continue reading

Saving Saba Bank: Policy Implications of Biodiversity Studies

Saba Bank has always been an area of special importance to the neighboring island of Saba in the Netherlands Antilles. Sabans traditionally fished on the Bank as far back as 1907, but increasing foreign fishing pressures on the Bank in the 1970s and 1980s forced many Saban fishermen out. Concerns were compounded by the suspicion … Continue reading

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