Governments from around the world, along with heads of national and international basin organizations and freshwater experts met this week in Nairobi to look at ways to strengthen the governance of freshwater basins and resources, which account for approximately 60 per cent of the global freshwater flow. Continue reading “BY 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity” – International forum to tackle challenges
Scotland’s first environmental waste crime conference was held in Edinburgh Wednesday (November 26, 2014), bringing together key agencies and organisations to look at the scale and extent of waste crime in Scotland, and how to tackle it. The event was organised by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) on behalf of the Environmental Crime Taskforce (ECTF) which was set up by Scottish Government and consists of SEPA, Scottish Government, Police Scotland, Solace, HMRC and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). Continue reading SCOTLAND holds its first conference on environmental waste crime; SEPA intelligence staff will be embedded in the Scottish Crime Campus
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For the first time in France, a retailer, Carrefour (France n°1 & World’s n°4), is offering financial support towards a fishery’s sustainability assessment. The company will be backing the producers’ organisation FROM Nord, who have entered their Eastern Channel and North Sea sole fishery for assessment to the MSC fisheries standard.
Continue reading A FIRST in France: retail giant Carrefour sponsors producers’ organisation for MSC assessment of its sole fishery
EU Member state governments need to wake up and assert their authority over the European Commission to prevent the ban on fishermen discarding catches at sea bankrupting large swathes of the industry. That is the stark message ahead of the December Fisheries Council from two of Scotland’s biggest fishing bodies, the Scottish White Fish Producers’ Association (SWFPA) and Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA), the association said in a statement on Monday (November 24, 2014). The SWFPA and SFA have also launched a scathing attack on the US-based Pew Charitable Trusts after discovering that the organisation is soliciting signatures from Scottish businesses and groups to a letter condemning ministers for allegedly allowing increases in overfishing. A draft of the Pew Charitable Trusts letter can be seen below.
Continue reading SCOTTISH fishing industry launches ‘scathing attack’ on US-based Pew Charitable Trusts; Associations warn they’re “in peril unless governments act quickly” re. discards
The French National Competence Centre for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection (INERIS) published an ‘exploratory’ study yesterday (November 26, 2014) in which it highlighted – “a first” – the scale of the contamination of freshwater fishes by microplastic pollution. 812 fish (male & female) were sampled between 2012 and 2013 in 33 locations throughout France; and various microplastics were found in (the stomachs) of 10% of the gudgeon samples. “These results are coherent with the results of studies on the marine environment, which found levels of contamination ranging from 2% to 40%, depending on species,” INERIS says.
Continue reading MICROPLASTICS: French researchers highlights – for the first time – freshwater fishes’ level of contamination (~10% of samples)