EU: proposal on recovery plan for Mediterranean swordfish approved by the EC

The European Commission (EC) has approved a proposal to transpose into EU legislation stronger measures to help the recovery of the Mediterranean swordfish (24 April 2018). The new regulation incorporates the International Convention for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Recommendation 16-05 into EU law. This ICCAT Recommendation establishes a recovery plan that takes into account the specificities of different types of gear and fishing techniques. When implementing the recovery plan, the Union and Member States should undertake to promote coastal fishing activities and the use of selective fishing gear and techniques that reduce the environmental impact, including gear and techniques used in traditional and artisanal fisheries, thereby ensuring a fair standard of living for local fishing communities. That EC proposal may be found here.

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USA: Stay on shrimp and abalone under SIMP lifted

Mandatory compliance with the USA Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) became effective 1 January 2018, but shrimp and abalone inclusion was stayed until comparable traceability requirements for domestic aquaculture could be established. On 23 April 2018, the stay was lifted and thus shrimp and abalone compliance will be mandatory by 31 December 2018. According to NOAA, “The inclusion of shrimp – the largest US seafood import- and abalone in SIMP nearly doubles the volume and value of imported fish and fish products subject to its requirements, further leveling the playing field for U.S. fishermen, aquaculture producers, and seafood producers around the world who play by the rules”.

For more information see the press release. For other seafood, an “informed compliance” approach ended 9 April 2018.

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Workshop: Mapping the Arctic Ocean

The K. G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea will host a workshop entitled Mapping the Arctic Ocean: An Interdisciplinary Workshop to Map the Frontiers of Knowledge. The workshop is based upon the idea that multiple ways of ‘mapping’ exist (scientific, legal…). The workshop’s goal is to explore how different types of mapping manifest and interact with each other in the Arctic Ocean. This event is set to happen on 5 June 2018 in Tromsø, Norway. More information is available here.

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IOI: Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas

The International Ocean Institute shall host its Training Programme on Regional Ocean Governance for the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic and Caspian Seas, 4 November – 7 December 2018, in Malta. The course will cover the international ocean legal framework and related conventions, ocean resource management and exploitation issues, negotiation skills and a policy-simulation exercise at the end. Furthermore, the course will address topical issues such as ocean literacy, marine litter and microplastics, the latest progress in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) as well as a seminar on Marine Genetic Resources (MGRs) and include two field visits (Grand Harbour and Gozo), GIS lab sessions and a training session on Marine Spatial Planning.  Applications are welcome until 3 September 2018. For more information see here, the application form and course brochure.

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Call for papers: International law of the sea and universality

The Law of the Sea Interest Group of the European Society of International Law (LAWSEA IG), shall host a panel, entitled, International Law of the Sea and Universality13 September 2018, at the University of Manchester (Manchester, UK). Abstracts may be submitted until 15 May 2018.

This is part of the pre-conference events scheduled for the 2018 European Society of International Law Conference. For more information, see the LAWSEA IG call for papers.

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Seminar: Analysing the Western Sahara Campaign Case

The Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) shall host a lunchtime seminar entitled, Analysing the Western Sahara Campaign Case3 May 2018, at Queen Mary University of London (London, UK). The event will focus discussion on the previously reported CJEU preliminary ruling in Case C-266/16, Western Sahara Campaign UK v Commissioners for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

For more information and registration, see here.

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UNECE: “Inland Navigation in a Global Setting” declaration adopted

Ministers of member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe have adopted a declaration entitled Inland Navigation in a Global Setting. This adoption took place at the International Ministerial Conference on Inland Water, on 18 April 2018. The declaration sets forth a number of strategic actions to improve the competitive position of inland waterways across the globe with the aim of creating a sustainable future for inland navigation. The declaration stresses, among other things, the need for an appropriate regulatory frameworks, and the role that the United Nations Conventions for the sector can play in developing them. The declaration may be found here and more information on the subject may be found here.

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