BirdLife Europe, Greenpeace, Oceana, OCEAN2012 and WWF are urging EU decision-makers to champion the use of future fisheries subsidies to promote sustainable fishing practices rather than fuelling overcapacity. Below are several documents in response to the Commission's proposal for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
The EMFF outlines some new directions for EU fisheries subsidies. However, it falls short of funding the necessary shift to sustainable fisheries. Blind spending of EU taxpayers’ money on modernising vessels without a proper assessment of the capacity of the fleet in relation to the available resources should stop. In times of global debt crisis, the perverse use of fisheries subsidies and the cost of overfishing are brought into sharp focus: the only real benefits lie in the recovery of fish populations.
EMFF funds should support measures aimed at improving data collection and scientific knowledge of fish stocks, promoting the dissemination and adoption of selective fishing gears and ultimately improving the state of fish stocks and well-being of coastal communities.
On this page, you will find a series of briefings and letters by OCEAN2012 and our NGO partners on the subject of subsidies.
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