Nereus Fellow, Solène Guggisberg, was awarded the Gerard J. Mangone Prize 2019 for her article on the EU Regulation on the external fishing fleets.
The Gerard J. Mangone Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best contribution published in the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. Solène Guggisberg (Utrecht University) received this prize for her article “The EU’s Regulation on the Sustainable Management of External Fishing Fleets: International and European Law perspectives”.
The article examined the European Union’s Regulation on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets. This recent piece of legislation reinforces the framework under which authorizations are granted to EU vessels desiring to fish outside of EU waters. This and can generally be seen as an improvement on the regulation it replaces.
The European Union’s (EU) new Regulation on the sustainable management of external fishing fleets strengthens the framework under which authorisations are granted to EU vessels desiring to fish outside of EU waters. It applies to all such fishing activities, conditions the granting of authorisations on sustainability criteria, and provides a level of institutional control on Member States’ actions, as well as some transparency. It also covers poorly monitored practices, such as reflagging and chartering. However, there have been some missed opportunities, in particular with regard to unregulated high seas fishing and the public accessibility of data on beneficial ownership. More generally, the impact on sustainability of the EU’s stricter measures will depend, in the highly inter-connected world of fisheries, on whether other States also embrace such good governance principles.
The above summary was adapted from this article.