Coastal Fisheries Initiative underway in West Africa

Overfishing, competing uses for coastal areas, promoting sustainable fisheries management, building strong fisherfolk associations, supporting women in fisheries, and ensuring efficient fisheries value chains are common challenges facing coastal fisheries communities around the globe. The GEF-funded Global Fisheries Initiative is an ambitious programme with five projects – three of them regional and two global. The main objective of all projects is to strengthen coastal fisheries communities worldwide.

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Landmark Arctic surf clam agreement reached

Fourteen First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador have announced a landmark agreement reached with Clearwater Seafoods Incorporated on the Arctic surf clam fishery, stating that the Agreement forges a 50-year partnership that protects existing jobs while creating meaningful economic, employment and capacity building for the fourteen First Nations that are adjacent to the clam resource.

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Canada invests in BC fishing communities

Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson and Steveston-Richmond East Member of Parliament Joe Peschisolido have confirmed that the government has invested C$33 million in in 35 small craft harbours across British Columbia between 2016 and 2020 to ensure coastal communities can continue to create jobs, and local economies can thrive. This investment is in addition to the ongoing Small Craft Harbour Program operational budget.

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EU fisheries fund to meet the industry’s needs

The Fisheries Committee of the European Parliament has voted on the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) that will cover the budgetary period 2021-2027. Europêche has voiced its appreciation of the strong stand the Parliament has taken in the light of the 5% budgetary cut proposed by the European Commission to compensate for the upcoming Brexit gap in the EU budget.

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