WWF Analysis: Recovery of European fish stocks and the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy
Two out of three fish stocks in European waters are considered overfished. Ambitious reform of Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) could reverse this situation over the next 10 years. But core elements of the reform package relating to discards, subsidies and stock recovery are under dispute, and negotiations between the European Parliament and Fisheries Ministers over what shape future EU fishing laws should take, may collapse.
Parliament wants to reduce fishing activity to allow stock recovery by 2020, with stock size and catches managed according to the principle of ‘maximum sustainable yield’ (MSY). WWF analysis suggests implementation of Parliament’s ambitious proposals, could result in the recovery of three-quarters of overfished European stocks within the next 10 years.