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EEA Report Highlights Impacts of Invasive Alien Species in Europe [viewed]

EEA20 December 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report on the impacts of invasive alien species (IAS) in Europe, aiming to raise awareness and inform all stakeholders, including the general public about the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of IAS.

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EC Agrees on 2013 Fishing Opportunities for Certain Stocks in Black Sea, Long-Term Plan for Cod Stocks [viewed]

18 December 2012: The EU has announced the outcomes of the first day of its 3212th Council meeting, which addressed fisheries matters, noting the Council reached agreement on 2013 fishing opportunities for certain stocks in the Black Sea, and also agreed on an amendment to regulation for a long-term plan for cod stocks.

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EU Releases Statistical Pocketbook on Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry [viewed]

18 December 2012: Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, has released the 2012 edition of the pocketbook on agriculture, fishery and forestry statistics.

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FARNET Magazine Focuses on Role of Fisheries in Local Development [viewed]

12 December 2012: The Autumn-Winter issue of the Fisheries Areas Network (FARNET) Magazine features articles on the role of fisheries communities in local development, including one about fisheries local action groups (FLAGs).

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PISCES Produces Guide on Ecosystem Approaches in Celtic Sea Marine Policy [viewed]

11 December 2012: The WWF-UK led project, Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem (PISCES), has produced a practical guide for stakeholders and government decision-makers on implementing the ecosystem approach in marine policy. The guide has a focus on marine spatial planning and implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD).

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EC Issues New Guidelines on Aquaculture in Natura 2000 Sites [viewed]

10 December 2012: The European Commission has issued new guidelines aimed at ensuring the compatibility of aquaculture with EU nature legislation, specifically provisions on the EU network of protected areas known as Natura 2000.

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CARICOM Assesses Biodiversity-Related Statistics and Indicators [viewed]

CARICOM23 November 2012: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is consulting Community member governments to assess the current state of national environmental statistics collection, management, and dissemination. The focus is on statistics related to agriculture and land use, biodiversity, coastal and marine resources, and forestry. 

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European Parliament Votes to Ban Shark Finning [viewed]

22 November 2012: The European Parliament has voted to end shark finning, closing regulatory loopholes that permitted the practice of removing shark's fins on board freezer vessels before reaching port.

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EC Announces Major Additions to Europe's Protected Areas [viewed]

26 November 2012: The European Commission has announced the addition of 235 sites of community importance to its Natura 2000 network of protected sites, representing nearly 25,000 square kilometers (km2) of new conservation areas, including land and marine habitats.

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EC Welcomes ICCAT Tuna Conservation Decisions, Urges Shark Protection [viewed]

20 November 2012: The European Commission (EC) has commended conservation measures and catch limits agreed at the annual meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for Eastern Bluefin tuna, Western Bluefin tuna and Blue and White Marlins. On sharks, the EC called for a process to better define ICCAT's role in relation to sharks, with the aim of eventually enhancing shark protection.

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