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Organisations, stakeholders, regulatory bodies

Aquamind : is dedicated to the work for an economically viable and sustainable fishery. We design management solutions, carry out fisheries projects in support of the Common Fisheries Policy and establish documentation and traceability as a means to aligning sound fisheries practices with market requirement for sustainably sourced fish.

Slow Fish: With fishing, just as with agriculture, Slow Food strongly believes that every individual can contribute in his or her own small way to changing the mechanisms of a globalized food system based on the intensive exploitation of resources.

Regional Advisory Councils: The establishment of the European RACs, a mainstay of the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP), seeks to involve stakeholders in the fisheries sector more closely in the decision-making process in this field. Through these ongoing forums, all the parties concerned will be able to maintain a dialogue and cooperate in the development and implementation of the CFP.

The Joint Norwegian-Russian Fisheries Commission : provides efficient joint management of the most important fish stocks of both countries, in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea. In line with the international trend for a more comprehensive, eco-based strategy, and since the turn of the century, the Fisheries Commission has been working towards a more long-term, precautionary approach to harvesting strategies for the live marine resources.

FAO Regional Fishery Bodies: RFBs are a mechanism through which States or organizations that are parties to an international fishery agreement or arrangement work together towards the conservation, management and/or development of fisheries. The functions of RFBs may include the collection, analysis and dissemination of information and data, coordinating fisheries management through joint schemes and mechanisms, serving as a technical and policy forum, and taking decisions relating to the conservation, management, development and responsible use of the resources.

General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean: Consisting of 23 Member countries along with the European Union, the GFCM’s objectives are to promote the development, conservation, rational management and best utilization of all living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and connecting waters. The GFCM has the authority to adopt binding recommendations for fisheries conservation and management in its Convention Area and plays a critical role in fisheries governance in the Region.

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resource: Being responsible for the conservation of Antarctic marine ecosystems, CCAMLR practises an ecosystem-based management approach. This does not exclude harvesting as long as such harvesting is carried out in a sustainable manner and takes account of the effects of fishing on other components of the ecosystem.

South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation: The Convention Area of the SEAFO covers a sizeable part of the high seas of the South East Atlantic Ocean. It covers all waters beyond areas of national jurisdiction in the region bounded by a line joining the points along parallel of latitude and meridians of longitude.

North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization: NASCO is an international organization, established by an inter-governmental Convention in 1984. The objective of NASCO is to conserve, restore, enhance and rationally manage Atlantic salmon through international cooperation taking account of the best available scientific information.

Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization: NAFO is an intergovernmental fisheries science and management body and its area of operation encompasses a very large portion of the Atlantic Ocean including the 200-mile zones of Coastal States jurisdiction (USA, Canada, St. Pierre et Miquelon and Greenland).. Scientific Advice for stock management is provided by the Scientific Council upon request by the Fisheries Commission for specific fish stocks within the NAFO.

The North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission: (NEAFC) is the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (RFMO) for the North East Atlantic, one of the most abundant fishing areas in the world. The area covered by the NEAFC Convention stretches from the southern tip of Greenland, east to the Barents Sea, and south to Portugal. NEAFC’s objective is to ensure the long-term conservation and optimum utilisation of the fishery resources in the Convention Area, providing sustainable economic, environmental and social benefits. To this end, NEAFC adopts management measures for various fish stocks and control measures to ensure that they are properly implemented.

SeafoodSource News: delivers global seafood news to your e-mail inbox each weekday, when you become a member of SeafoodSource.com

Eurofish Magazine: provides comprehensive coverage of the trade, processing, and aquaculture sectors. Among the issues addressed are globalisation, illegal fishing, the consequences of global warming, sustainability, and organic labelling.

Oceana: founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, protecting marine ecosystems and endangered species .

Northern Maritime University: a transnational network of universities in the North Sea Region (NSR).

The North Sea Region Programme: aims to increase the innovative capacity of fishery ports across the North Sea Region by promoting the development of efficient, effective and sustainable logistics solutions.

Living North Sea: aims to focus on key issues and solutions for fish migration. The team consists of fifteen partners working on reconnecting the rivers and deltas around the North Sea region. The project is partly funded by the European Interreg North Sea program.

FARNET: the European Fisheries Areas Network. The FARNET Support Unit was established by the European Commission to assist in the implementation of EU measures for the sustainable development of fisheries areas (Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund). The Support Unit acts as a platform for networking between fisheries areas and supports and guides Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) in devising and implementing local solutions to the challenges confronting Europe’s fisheries areas.

Joint Nature Conservation Committee: The JNCC plays a key role in providing advice for marine nature conservation and the management of the information that underpins this advisory role.

Reform of the common fisheries policy: the European Commission has proposed a new fund for the EU's maritime and fisheries policies for the period 2014-2020: the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). The Fund will help deliver the ambitious objectives of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and will help fishermen in the transition towards sustainable fishing, as well as coastal communities in the diversification of their economies.

CFP, regulation, legal issues, quota

Fisheries control authorities in the Baltic Sea area: Member States in the Baltic Sea maintain official websites on fishery related control and reporting issues to the benefit of the Commission, other Member States and stakeholders in fisheries.

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES): a global organization for enhanced ocean sustainability. ICES is a network of more than 4000 scientists from almost 300 institutes, with 1600 scientists participating in activities annually. The principal decision and policy-making body of ICES is the Council. The Council comprises the ICES President and two Delegates appointed by each of the 20 member countries. The work of the Council is carried out through the Advisory Committee, Science Committee, and Data and Information Group.

Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF): shall be consulted at regular intervals on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations.

CFP Reform Watch: Common Fisheries Policy reform draft report revealed

Fisheries management

EC Fisheries: fishing rules: If more fish are caught than the natural surplus of the stock, the production potential for the future is reduced.There are three types of fishing rules: i) Fishing effort limitations ii) Catch limits iii) Technical measures.

Institute of Fisheries Management: The IFM is dedicated to the advancement of sustainable fisheries management. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in fish and fisheries, their proper management and conservation.

EyeOverFishing: shows how fishing has damaged the sea, and maps a route to a fishery where ocean life can replenish itself.

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES): briefs about the various fish stocks for which ICES provides advice. These briefs ar presented in a non-technical language and are aimed at the general reader with an interest in fisheries.

Innovative Fisheries Management: IFM is a social science research and advisory centre working with fisheries and marine management and coastal community development.

Reforming the common fisheries policy (CFP): The European Commission has set out a new radical approach to fisheries management in Europe. The proposals will secure both fish stocks and fishermen's livelihood for the future while putting an end to overfishing and depletion of fish stocks.

Sustainability, overfishing, concerns

Innovations in capture fsheries are an imperative for nutrition security in the developing world: Available data and research show that, for countries most dependent on fish to meet the nutritional requirements of their population, wild capture fisheries remain the dominant supplier.Although,contrarytopopularnarratives,thesustainability of these fisheries is not always and everywhere in crisis, securing their sustainability is essential and requires considerable effort across a broad spectrum of fishery systems.

Orbicon: Offshore Wind Farms Can Benefit the Ecosystem: the study program concluded that offshore wind farms have a positive effect on local ecosystems, and that they are beneficial for fish communities because they create new ecological niches and exclude commercial fishing from the area by them becoming marine protected areas (MPAs).

Earth Policy Institute: Eco-Economy Indicators: World Fish Catch Falls to 90 Million Tons in 2012

University of Michigan: World Fisheries: Declines, Potential and Human Reliance

Treehugger article: World Fish Catch Falls to 90 Million Tons in 2012

Eurostat: Fishery statistics, Main tables and Database.

MCCIP: MCCIP acts as the primary focus for the supply of evidence and advice to partners to enable them to individually and collectively plan for the challenges and opportunities presented by the impacts of climate change in the marine environment.

Waitt Foundation: With the rapid decline of marine life and resources, the primary mission of the Waitt Foundation is to protect our oceans from the harmful impacts of overfishing. To achieve this, we direct our efforts toward facilitating the creation of marine protected areas, engaging stakeholders to improve the management of fisheries, fostering sustainable solutions, and raising public awareness through a network of collaborative NGO’s and foundations.

Project Seahorse: is a marine conservation organisation committed to the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s coastal marine ecosystems

State of the Ocean: AN international panel of experts warns that fish and other marine species are in danger of entering a phase of extinction unseen in human history.

Scientific research, biology, fisheries data

Lenfest Ocean Program: is a grantmaking program that funds scientific research on policy-relevant topics concerning the world’s oceans and communicates the results of the supported research to decision makers and other interested audiences.

The Fish Site: world wide news on fish and fisheries

Paint a Fish: educate younger generations in sustainable fisheries. Digital Explorer and the nef (new economics foundation) have developed a set of educational resources to help teachers give lessons on sustainable fisheries and to encourage pupils to paint a fish.

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES): is a network of more than 1600 scientists from 200 institutes linked by an intergovernmental agreement (the ICES Convention) to add value to national research efforts. ICES coordinates and promotes marine research on oceanography, the marine environment, the marine ecosystem, and on living marine resources in the North Atlantic.

The Blog Aquatic: bringing news, opinions, photos, facts and other wonderful things related to our ocean, a place where visitors and writers can discover the wonders of the ocean world and discuss what we’re all doing together to protect it.

Exotic species: invaders of the seas: Without competitors, or predators, exotic species displace native species and colonize habitats that are not theirs.

ReproFish: is a European initiative, funded by the 6th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FPRD). The project, which commenced in February 2007, regroups leading scientific experts from the fish reproduction field and professionals worldwide.

UK Fisheries Science Partnership programme: the NFFO and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science collaborate to develop co-operative projects to answers questions raised regarding fisheries scientific and management advice.

European Atlas of the Seas: The atlas is an easy and fun way for students, professionals and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies.

OpenOceans: Connecting the ocean community to build a GIS-based, web infrastructure designed to bring together ocean data, to recognize exemplary sources of ocean information, to visualize ocean processes, to help resolve ocean policy questions and disputes, and to better understand ocean processes.

Centre for Ocean Solutions: strategic initiatives are the primary means by which the COS implements its mission to develop practical solutions to major ocean challenges. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, COS initiatives bring together scientific experts from across a range of disciplines and institutions, along with leaders from government, business and the non-profit community.

Wiley: new titles in Aquaculture, Fisheries & Fish Science

Food, certification, labelling

FishWatch: provides easy-to-understand science-based facts to help consumers make smart sustainable seafood choices.

NUTRIMENTHE: Eat fish, build up brainpower, omega-3 supplement may benefit early communicative development

GoodFishBadFish - Seafood and Sustainability: is a place for consumers to visit for up-to-date and interesting information on the area of sustainable seafood.

Socio and economy issues

Ideas: Socio-economics of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Publications list managed by Antonio Brandao Moniz.

EC Fisheries, FARNET: FARNET (Fisheries Areas Network) is the EU network for FLAGs (Fisheries Local Action Group) and Axis 4 stakeholders, which was set up by the European Commission to assist with the implementation of Axis 4 and to help with the exchange of know-how and good practices. This page listing the publications from FARNET.

WWF EU Policy Office: Socio-Economic Benefits of a Bold EU Fisheries Reform

Local Catch.org: is a network of community supported fisheries from across North America



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