Evaluating Europe's course to sustainable fisheries by 2020

Posted on 11 December 2018

Progress with implementation of the latest Common Fisheries Policy has been slow to rebuild fish stocks, protect marine ecosystems and secure the long-term livelihoods of communities that depend upon fish populations.
WWF presents European and Member State decision makers with a comprehensive, evidence-based critique on the implementation of key legal Articles of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The reformed CFP aims to make fisheries environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

This report shows that insufficient progress has been made across all major themes of the Policy, with national marine strategies failing to include clear, concrete objectives in line with the CFP. EU Member States miss the mark on provisions for sustainable and viable fishing, healthy marine ecosystems and biodiversity conservation.

WWF calls on Ministers to urgently take the necessary steps to deliver the CFP objectives by 2020 and secure thriving coastal communities, resilient fish populations and comprehensive protection for threatened marine ecosystems. The European Commission and Member States must fulfil their commitments to propagate transparent and ambitious initiatives to deliver the CFP’s sustainability objectives.