Fisheries Enforcement archive

  • Improving EU Fisheries Control system through harmonised sanctions and more transparency

    The EU Fisheries Control System is currently undergoing a revision process: the proposal from the European Commission has been published in May 2018 and both the Council and the European Parliament are currently working on this file.

  • European Commission warned harmful subsidies risk overfishing

    Lawyers are warning the European Commission not to allow harmful subsidies that could lead to overfishing.

  • Enforcement must be part of new EU proposal to target illegal fishing

    ClientEarth lawyers are calling for greater enforcement of sanctions against illegal fishing, following the release of the European Commission’s new fisheries control proposal.

  • Transparency is essential to assess if fisheries control laws are effectively implemented across the EU

    ClientEarth has filed two complaints against the European Commission to the European Ombudsman, asking for information on the implementation of the EU Fisheries Control Regulation.

  • yellow and green flowers with fishing boat on sea

    Half-hearted sanctions against illegal fishing threaten Europe’s seas

    Countries across the EU are failing to punish illegal fishing activities and not enforcing fisheries laws properly, new research by ClientEarth finds today.

  • fish in net

    Member states due to lose €10 million a year in EU funding for fisheries enforcement

    Member states are not using the money from the EU to enforce CFP rules, like ensuring that only the allowed quantities of fish are caught. The EU is now proposing to reallocate these funds.  

  • Fishing boat photo for story saying More must be done to catch and punish fisheries law breaking – EU auditors

    More must be done to catch and punish fisheries law breakers – EU auditors

    Controlling and sanctioning EU fisheries lawbreaking has improved over the last decade – but more must be done, EU auditors said today.

  • yellow buoy on sea for story saying Commission warns lack of enforcement is undermining EU fisheries law

    Commission warns lack of enforcement is undermining EU fisheries law

    Sanctions for fishing violations are inconsistent and toothless, according to a major report released today by the European Commission.

  • gulls by the sea for story asking how can technology help tackle overfishing

    How can technology help tackle overfishing?

    Technology could be key to end overfishing, according to a new video showing how cameras and sensors can be used to monitor fishing boats at sea.

  • Red and blue fishing boats close up shot

    Weak enforcement undermining CFP as 2017 fishing quotas negotiated

    EU fisheries law is not being properly enforced. Fines for illegal fishing are rare. When fines are given, they are very low – the average is as little as €288.

  • Photo of seabird and boat to illustrate story about Boost for sustainable fishing as EU law set to apply on the high seas

    Boost for sustainable fishing as new EU law set to apply on the high seas

    EU fishing boats could soon need to prove they are environmentally sustainable to fish outside the waters of the European Union, thanks to a vote by MEPs this week.

  • Image of ship in arctic ice

    Commission should ensure Arctic fishing is in line with EU rules

    The European Union should only permit fishing vessels to operate in the Arctic if they meet the same requirements as those operating inside EU waters.