European Union politicians vote to stop bankrupting our oceans
It was a difficult vote but all of the five WWF key asks for the Common Fisheries Policy reform were voted through on:
- Maximum Sustainable Yield – above MSY (BMSY) by 2020
- Multi-annual Plans and a timeline for implementation in four years’ time
- Commitment to eliminate discards in European fisheries with binding timetable
- Regionalisation – cooperation amongst stakeholders within or between member states to agree on management measures for shared fisheries
- External dimension - with active European Union participation in international fisheries; European Union fleets shall only fish surplus stocks from 3rd countries; European Union fighting against illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.
“The Fisheries Committee has shown through this milestone vote that the European Parliament is listening to scientific advice and wants fish stocks to recover. WWF now calls on the rest of the members of the parliament to champion this position in the plenary vote in early 2013 and hold the line ahead of even more challenging negotiations with fisheries ministers at council level next year”.
WWF believes that the Common Fisheries Policy reform must lead by the end of 2013, to the adoption of a new regulatory framework for truly sustainable and economically viable fisheries across EU waters.