217 civil society groups call on EU fisheries ministers to end overfishing
April 11, 2013
BRUSSELS — As negotiations on the reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP, enter the final and decisive stage, 217 civil society groups are calling on EU fisheries ministers to support an end to overfishing and the speedy restoration of fish stocks.
“Two-hundred and seventeen civil society groups have reminded ministers that ending overfishing is a legal obligation for the EU and that it makes economic, social, and environmental sense. We are calling on EU fisheries ministers to follow the example of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States and agree to a policy that will allow fish stocks to recover to sustainable levels.
- Currently, 47 percent of the assessed stocks in the Atlantic and 80 percent in the Mediterranean are overfished, along with five of seven fish stocks in the Baltic.
- If EU member States rely only on wild fish caught in their waters this year, they would run out of fish on July 6. This has occurred in early July the past four years.
- Overfishing of EU stocks is wasting more than 3 billion euros in potential landed value every year, which could support more than 100,000 additional jobs.
Read the letter from 217 civil society groups to EU fisheries ministers (available in several European languages).
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