EU Parliament’s final fisheries vote welcome, but urgency in implementation is now needed
(Strasbourg, 10 December 2013)
Fishing boats in the harbor of Arenys del Mar, near Barcelona, Spain
Today the European Parliament held its final vote on the basic regulation of the Common Fisheries Policy which should allow a shift towards sustainable management of fish stocks inside and outside EU waters.
While WWF is content with the role that the EU Parliament has played as co-legislator in setting this historic policy, we remain dismayed by the lack of a firm date by which we should achieve sustainable stock levels.
Quote from Roberto Ferrigno, Common Fisheries Policy Project Coordinator, WWF European Policy Office
“Effective quick implementation of the new EU fisheries policy is necessary if we are to address the problem of overfishing. Research shows that almost two-thirds of the assessed fish stocks in the EU are overexploited and this needs action without delay.”
“The new Common Fisheries Policy Regulation will compel governments to eliminate excessive fishing capacities in their national fleets. Quite simply there are currently too many boats chasing too few fish. We urge governments to fully respect the requirement to base decisions on transparent environmental and social criteria when allocating access to fishing grounds and quotas.”
“Regionalisation and Multi Annual Plans are the backbones of the CFP, and we are looking to EU leader in Brussels and the National Capitals to put them in place. WWF remains determined to monitor government’s actions and funding to ensure they support sustainable fishing.”
For further information or interview requests:
Philippe Carr, Communications and Media, WWF European Policy Office
+32 476 25 68 79
WWF is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.