Commission’s 2018 fishing quotas risk missing legal sustainability deadline
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Commission’s 2018 fishing quotas risk missing legal sustainability deadlineEUROPEAN UNIONWednesday, November 08,
 

Commission’s 2018 fishing quotas risk missing legal sustainability deadline

EUROPEAN UNION
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
 

Many of the 2018 Northeast Atlantic fishing quotas proposed today by the European Commission are a step in the right direction, but that alone is not enough to put the EU on course to meet its 2020 deadline for all fishing to be sustainable.

ClientEarth fisheries lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said: “No more excuses. We have only two years until the legal deadline for all fish to be caught sustainably, and we are nowhere near ready. It is unacceptable that for the majority of stocks, we still have no idea whether they are being fished sustainably – or even heading in the right direction – as required by the Common Fisheries Policy. And what we do know doesn’t look promising: Almost 50% of assessed stocks in the Northeast Atlantic were still being overfished in 2015, the most recent year for which we have this information. It’s up to the Commission to propose quotas that follow the science, and the fisheries ministers to stick to them.”

Several fish stocks, like whiting in the West of Scotland and the Irish Sea, are still dangerously depleted and scientists have advised zero catches for more than ten years. Until now, the EU’s fishing quotas have not followed this advice, and these species continue to be caught.

Press Release: ClientEarth


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