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2012-01-26 06:00:00

Damanaki to Release European Commission Deep-Sea Access Regime Proposal BRUSSELS, Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pew Environment Group today encouraged the European Commission to implement significant reforms to EU deep-sea fishing regulations. The Commission is preparing to release its deep-sea access regime proposal before the end of the first quarter of 2012. In a new policy analysis, "Out of the Abyss: Transforming EU Rules to Protect the Deep Sea," which...

2012-01-11 16:32:00

High Seas Recognized as Critical for Sustainable Development in UN Process WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Global political leaders will convene in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this June, which marks the 20th anniversary of the original UN Earth Summit, to evaluate progress toward achieving goals on sustainable development. On January 10, the first draft of the 'negotiating text,' a blueprint for the agenda of the Rio+20 conference, was released. This document will now...

2011-12-07 14:47:53

Environmental standards for farm-raised seafood often fall short A new report released today by the University of Victoria ranks eco-labels intended to distinguish seafood produced with less damage to the environment. It is the first study to evaluate how eco-labels for farmed marine fish compare to unlabeled options in the marketplace. "How Green is Your Eco-label?" is designed to help seafood buyers sort through competing sustainability claims and better identify those labels that...

2011-12-07 09:35:00

Environmental Standards for Farm-Raised Seafood Often Fall Short WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by the University of Victoria ranks eco-labels intended to distinguish seafood produced with less damage to the environment. It is the first study to evaluate how eco-labels for farmed marine fish compare to unlabeled options in the marketplace. "How Green is Your Eco-label?" is designed to help seafood buyers sort through competing...

2011-11-19 05:00:00

Despite work to end bluefin tuna fraud and protect silky sharks, more needed to conserve marine life in Atlantic Ocean ISTANBUL, Nov. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Governments at the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) have adopted several important provisions that will conserve threatened fish species-such as bluefin tuna and silky sharks, but failed to act on several pressing matters. ICCAT is the international body that manages tuna fisheries...

2011-11-18 09:54:00

New funding signed into law WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Lee Crockett, director of federal fisheries policy for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to President Obama signing the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012, which allocates $161 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for much-needed fisheries research and monitoring programs. "We welcome this $161 million...

2011-11-15 08:01:00

Pew supports efforts negotiated by two administrations WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jeff Wise, director of the Pew Environment Group's Global Campaign to End Illegal Fishing, issued this statement today in response to the Obama Administration's formal transmittal for ratification by the U.S. Senate of the Port States Measures Agreement, a major international treaty to combat pirate fishing. "A result of the work of the Obama and Bush administrations, this treaty...

2011-11-11 10:23:00

LONDON, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 30th annual meeting of the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC) ended today, with countries agreeing to prohibit fishing for deep-sea sharks but failing to agree on significant, additional measures to safeguard vulnerable deep-sea species and ecosystems. While NEAFC has made considerable progress since 2006 in closing areas on the high seas south of Iceland to bottom fishing, it is has yet to establish effective...

2011-11-09 15:55:00

Commission Establishes New Management Measures for Important East Coast Fish BOSTON, Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New fishery management benchmarks for Atlantic menhaden, often called "the most important fish in the sea," were established today in an effort to increase its population to four times the current size. The measure was adopted by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the interstate body that governs the menhaden fishery, after an intensive...

2011-10-26 13:33:00

Actors Damon and Pitt Give Tiny Krill Big Exposure in New "Happy Feet" Sequel WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tiny krill are about to take centre stage at the 30th Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting, where governments will consider greater protection for the shrimplike crustaceans that are the building blocks of the Antarctic food chain. The attention these little animals receive will be amplified in mid-November,...