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Dutch first to fish under unethical EU-Morocco fish deal
For the first time in almost three years, an EU member state fishing vessel has been detected in the waters of occupied Western Sahara.
Indonesia fishermen to suffer more under Asean Economic Community
Indonesian fishermen will suffer more when the ASEAN Economic Community is implemented in 2015, the environmentalist organization Walhi said.
Illegal EU fish agreement with Morocco now ratified by King
The King of Morocco has ratified its dirty fisheries agreement with EU, allowing EU vessels to fish in Western Sahara waters under Moroccan occupation. The European Commission fails in geography regarding the location of the fisheries in communiqué.
Norway ratified free trade agreement with Costa Rica and Panama
Free trade agreement with Costa Rica and Panama has been ratified by the Norwegian Parliament, granting Norwegian fish exporters the same terms and conditions as their competitors in the region, which implies they will operate on equal footing with countries such as Chile.
Fisheries minister promises efforts to minimize loss for fishermen from China FTA
South Korea’s fisheries minister pledged full government efforts to limit losses by local fishermen from a free trade agreement with China and take compensatory measures for businesses inevitably hurt by the pact, reports state news agency Yonhap.
S. Korea, China divided over illegal fishing in FTA talks
Seoul is pressing the issue but China maintains that it will not discuss it.
Philexport urges competition ‘safety nets’ for small fishers
While the Philippine fisheries sector is generally seen as competitive under the proposed free trade agreement with the European Union, exporters said the government should still provide small fishermen with “safety nets” from stiffer competition.
PHL-EU free-trade pact ‘catastrophic’ for 1.8 million Filipino fishermen–group
The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday warned the Aquino administration against entering into a bilateral free trade agreement with the European Union, saying the forging of such an agreement will lead to the flooding of imported fish from EU member-states.
Study says fish-sector players to suffer with PHL-EU trade deal
In the likelihood of a free-trade agreement between the Philippines and European Union, big processors, exporters of fish and the fish consumers in general will be the gainers while small-scale fishermen, small-scale fish processors and marketing agents, including women, will be among the losers, PIDS said in a report issued recently.
Saharawi natural resource group calls on EU to not accept Morocco deal
The Saharawi Natural Resources Watch has called on all European Parliamentarians, to reject the new EU-Morocco fishing agreement, which will be voted in December in the European Parliament so as to “honor Europe and its peoples”.
Anfaco insists on excluding Thai tuna from EU-Thailand FTA
Spain’s National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish and Shellfish (Anfaco Cecopesca) is to once again ask the authorities of the European Union for the exclusion of Thai tuna from the free trade agreement that the European bloc is negotiating with Thailand.
Congress agreement to defend the tuna industry in negotiations with Thailand
Political spokespeople of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Committee of the Spanish Parliament have agreed to develop an institutional statement in defense of the Spanish tuna processing industry in relation to the negotiations on a free trade agreement between the European Union and Thailand
Europe hits back in war of words with the Pacific over trade
Plans for a comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement are in jeopardy after the Pacific Island nations accused Europe of failing to respond to their requests and threatened to pull-out if Europe is unable to meet their deadline of the end of this year.
EU reveals its EPA ‘cards’
When Pacific trade negotiators sit down later this month with their European Commission counterparts to carve out the finer details of their Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), the pressure points would be fishery, market access and services.
Fisheries talks raise alarm
Opposition politicians in Newfoundland and in Ottawa are expressing concern about potential fisheries industry giveaways at the negotiating table on Canada-Europe free trade talks, but the province’s fisheries union said Tuesday that fewer trade barriers would be a good thing.
FTA with EU will pave way for more exports
The free trade agreement between Vietnam and the European Union is expected to open many doors for Vietnamese seafood to enter the EU, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers
Canadian seafood industry eyes UK market as free trade deal moves closer
The European Union and Canada are close to signing a free trade agreement which will almost certainly open the way for more Canadian fish and seafood imports into Britain.
Lobster fishermen eye Canada-EU trade deal
New Brunswick fishermen are closely watching negotiations between Canada and the European Union as the two try to hammer out a free trade deal.
New illegal EU-Morocco fish talks being pushed through
Without consulting with the Saharawi people in Western Sahara, the EU will next week try to conclude the talks on EU-Morocco fish deal offshore the occupied territory, under same terms as the one that was rejected by the European Parliament in 2011.
’Only tuna industry will benefit from EU-PH trade deal’
If the government pursues a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Euopean Union (EU), only the tuna industry is bound to benefit from it.