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

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

Mediterranean Fisheries: sustainable fishing practices cannot wait

[tweetmeme Brussels, 8 June 2010. Over 54% of the Mediterranean fish stocks which have been analysed by scientists are found to be overfished. To remedy this situation, the EU adopted, back in 2006, the ‘Mediterranean Regulation’ which aims to improve fisheries management in order to achieve sustainable fisheries, protect the fragile marine environment and restore … 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

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