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Commission disappointed by WCPFC meetingWorld Fishing | 11 Dec 2013
The European Commission has expressed its disappointment on the outcome of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission's (WCPFC) 10th plenary session, held 2-6 December 2013 in Australia.
EPA told Anadarko full oil spill reports weren't necessaryNew Zealand Herald | 09 Dec 2013
Texan oil giant Anadarko says it offered to give full oil spill modelling reports to the environmental regulator tasked with clearing its Taranaki Basin drilling plans, but was told that would not be necessary. The company and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are opposing an urgent legal challenge by Greenpeace, which alleges the EPA's decision to grant Anadarko permission to drill in the basin did not follow the procedures set out by law.
IMO tackles pirate fishingWorld Fishing | 06 Dec 2013
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has lifted an exemption for fishing vessels from inclusion in a crucial ship identification scheme - a major step forward in the fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) or "pirate" fishing.
Fighting against "harmful" fisheries subsidiesWorld Fishing | 04 Dec 2013
WWF has applauded an initiative by a dozen countries to freeze subsidies that encourage overfishing and the overcapacity of fishing fleets. It hopes the initiative will spur other governments into action over the issue.
Rena disaster: Report highlights shortcomingsNew Zealand Herald | 03 Dec 2013
An independent review into Maritime New Zealand's response to the Rena disaster, released today, has highlighted shortcomings in the agency's initial response. It has called for better resourcing and communication with other agencies in dealing with a future oil spill, as the Government announces that $2 million will be invested to improve New Zealand's maritime response capability.
Polar bear numbers in Hudson Bay of Canada on verge of collapseGuardian Unlimited | 27 Nov 2013
Polar bear populations are a sensitive topic for the Canadian government, which has faced international criticism for its policies on climate change and for allowing limited hunting of bears, mainly by indigenous communities.
Three countries face sanctionsWorld Fishing | 26 Nov 2013
Belize, Cambodia and Guinea are facing trade measures after failing to show commitment to tackling illegal fishing.
The stealth tax that says to hell with North Sea cod stocks (opinion)Guardian Unlimited | 25 Nov 2013
It's a stealth tax about which the government has kept very quiet. When you hear the details, you will know why. I doubt whether one in a thousand people is aware that it exists. Every time you buy fish in the UK, you pay a fee to support an organisation which opposes campaigns to protect fish stocks and marine ecosystems.
Fears for dolphin in oil submissionNew Zealand Herald | 15 Nov 2013
The Auckland Council has approved oil exploration permits off the city's west coast in a submission to the Government. However, it wants the boundaries set 12 nautical miles offshore to protect the endangered Maui's dolphin and the risk from any oil spill.
Korea will investigate illegal fishWorld Fishing | 07 Nov 2013
On 5 November a representative of the Korean Government announced that it will be investigating Dutch-flagged cargo vessel, Holland Klipper, which arrived in the Korean port of Busan on 31 October carrying an estimated $14m of suspected illegal fish.
MSPs meet with their Irish counterpartsfishupdate.com | 07 Nov 2013
MSPs on the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee today met with their Irish counterparts to discuss Scotland's experience of sustaining coastal and island communities.
Faroe Islands takes the EU to the WTOWorld Fishing | 05 Nov 2013
The Government of the Faroes has initiated dispute settlement proceedings against the European Union under the World Trade Organization, in response to the EU's economic measures regarding mackerel and herring.
Breaking News - Faroes brings in heavy guns in fish warfishupdate.com | 05 Nov 2013
THE 'Government of the Faroes has today fired the first heavy gun ?salvo in what could ?be a protracted fish war over herring. The Torshavn government has stepped up the confrontation by filing a ?formal dispute situation at the World Trade Organisation to challenge an EU ban on imports of Faroese herring and mackerel coupled with ?restrictions on Faroese fishing boats entering EU .
Scottish government 'failing to live up to climate and wildlife promises'Guardian Unlimited | 28 Oct 2013
Alex Salmond's government is failing to live up to many of its ambitious promises on climate change and protecting Scotland's natural heritage, a study has concluded. The report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) said that the Scottish government's efforts to set new standards on climate and protecting sealife and wildlife have been repeatedly undermined by lack of funding, poor implementation and fears of vested economic interests.
Sustainable Fisheries Task ForceWorld Fishing | 28 Oct 2013
An Inter-Governmental Authority (IGAD) for East Africa workshop has culminated in the formation of a Horn of Africa Sustainable Fisheries Task Force.
Norway protects ocean from drillingWorld Fishing | 08 Oct 2013
The new government of Norway has committed to protecting valuable areas of the ocean from being impacted by petroleum activities.
Is democracy for sale? (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 07 Oct 2013
These days the government are outlawing those protesting environmental causes at sea. What gives?
Ocean science, Gibraltar and geopolitics - then and nowGuardian Unlimited | 04 Oct 2013
Events have evolved rapidly since last July when the Gibraltarian government dropped large concrete blocks into Algeciras Bay, the first step in a programme designed to create an artificial reef to protect marine life in what Gibraltar considers to be its territorial waters.