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The European Commission (EC) has adopted a key investment package for the maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors of Italy and Romania of EUR 978 million (USD 1 billion) and EUR 224 million (USD 237.2 million), respectively.

The investments are for the period 2014-2020.

Included in the Italian package is EUR 537 million (USD 568.8 million) from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), while Romania receives EUR 168 million (USD 177.9 million) from the fund.

The adopted...

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The management of sea fisheries in the North Sea has been made simpler and more flexible following unanimous agreement among EU member states to amend the Cod Recovery Plan (CRP).

At a meeting of the EU Fisheries Management Committee in Brussels, member states backed a European Commission proposal to merge the two main North Sea trawl gear categories contained in the CRP – whitefish (TR1) and prawn (TR2).

These gear categories control the amount of time that vessels can spend at sea and this...

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The European Commission has adopted an action plan with Lithuania to further improve the control of Baltic fisheries for the benefit of the country’s fishermen and to deliver improved sustainability.

Designed jointly with national authorities, the new plan is based on an audit of the Lithuanian fisheries control system, which uncovered inefficiencies in the collection, validation and cross-checking of catch data that could have rendered the calculation of quota uptake unreliable.


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Foodservice company Sodexo has come together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in an effort to bring a range of ‘sustainable and healthy’ school meals to the fore.

Ten meals comprise the Green & Lean range, which were conceived by WWF experts and Sodexo chefs using LiveWell dietary advice and Sodexo’s Better Tomorrow Plan for guidance. All the meals feature either meat or fish that is RSPCA Assured or MSC certified, and contain plant-based foods and wholegrains.

“It was really...

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The European Commission has proposed there should again be no commercial catches of turbot and dogfish in the Black Sea next year and that the catch limits for sprats should remain at its current level of 11,475 metric tons (MT).

Bulgaria and Romania are the EU member states affected by the Commission’s annual proposals for Black Sea fishing opportunities. This advice is based on the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for...

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