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Compilation: Fisheries Subsidies

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.
 

  • Briefing

    EMFF priorities for plenary vote

    OCTOBER 21 2013
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    Joint NGO priorities for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) plenary vote on October 23. 

    Full document (1 page):

  • Briefing

    Unknown waters

    OCTOBER 10 2013
    nef (new economics forum)

    Imagine if European waters had enough fish to feed an additional 160 million EU citizens; if our fishing industry yielded an additional revenue of €3.2 billion each year and created up to 100,000 new jobs. This could be a reality if we let fish stocks grow to their maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by setting appropriate catch quotas. The sooner fish stocks are returned to sustainable levels the sooner these benefits can be realised.

    Full document (4 pages):

  • Briefing

    No EU aid for modernisation and construction of fishing vessels

    OCTOBER 01 2013
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    This briefing focuses on ending subsidies that incentivise overfishing and on alternative ways to support the transition to sustainable fishing.

    Also available in Bulgarian / Romanian

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    Letters to heads of delegation on NGOs priorities for the EMFF plenary vote

    OCTOBER 01 2013
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    On October 23rd, the European Parliament will vote on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the financial instrument of the Common Fisheries Policy. NGOs are thus calling on MEPs to vote in favour of subsidies that will support ending EU overfishing, and not fuel continued overcapacity and destructive fishing practices.

    Also available in Romanian

    Italian press release

    Full document (2 pages):

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    Increase EU Support for Data Collection, Control and Enforcement

    SEPTEMBER 19 2013
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    This briefing focuses on why and how to increase support for data collection, control, and enforcement in the EMFF.

    Also available in Bulgarian / Romanian

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    Fisheries subsidies should support implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy

    SEPTEMBER 05 2013
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    Joint NGO position regarding the plenary vote of the European Parliament on the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) to take place on Oct 23, 2013.

    Also available in Romanian / Bulgarian
     

     

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    Why subsidising new vessel construction is bad news for EU taxpayers and our oceans

    JULY 04 2013
    nef (new economics forum)

    A proposed amendment to the new subsidies framework, the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF), would provide subsidies for new vessel construction – public funding put towards increasing the capacity of EU fishing fleets and putting additional pressure on fish numbers. 

    Full document (4 pages):

    Contact: Aniol Esteban aniol.esteban@neweconomics.org +44 20 7820 6300
  • Briefing

    Emptying the Seas

    JUNE 20 2013
    Jack Thurston und Nils Mulvad, fishsubsidy.org

    How the EU spent hundreds of millions of euros on building thousands of new fishing vessels, increasing pressure on ever-declining fish stocks.

    Full document (3 pages):

    Contact: Jack Thurston jack@fishsubsidy.org
  • Briefing

    NGO non-paper on aid for fleet renewal

    JUNE 19 2013
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs
    A proposal in the draft compromise amendments on the EMFF is to introduce fleet renewal subsidies  for small-scale and coastal fishing vessels older than 35 years under the condition that engine capacity must be reduced and that the vessel must use more selective gear is extremely risky. This measure will clearly increase fishing capacity, undermine management plans and threaten the recovery of fish stocks.

    Full document (5 pages):

  • Briefing

    Where’s the evidence? Debunking the myths of fisheries subsidies

    JUNE 11 2013
    OCEAN2012
    Recent Parliament and Council discussions on the future European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, EMFF, included calls for EU aid in support of fleet modernisation, in particular aid for engine replacement and new vessels. These measures should not be supported with public aid. The 2002 CFP reform phased out funding for fleet renewal and in 2012, at Rio+20, the international community, including the EU, recommitted to phasing out subsidies contributing to overfishing. Also, such measures would contradict the EU proposal to the Rules Negotiation Group in the WTO to prohibit subsidies for the construction of new fishing vessels and the renovation of existing ones.
    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    NGO Priorities on PECH Amendments to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

    MARCH 27 2013
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs
    OCEAN2012, Birdlife, Greenpeace, Oceana and WWF support the implementation of a CFP that: 
    - ends overfishing by restoring and maintaining fish stocks to healthy levels, 
    - incentivises environmentally sustainable fishing practices, and 
    - reduces damage to marine ecosystems.

    Full document (3 pages):

  • Briefing

    NGOs urge improvements to Fisheries Committee working document on the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

    SEPTEMBER 18 2012
    OCEAN2012 & NGOs

     

    Efforts to eliminate EU subsidies that incentivise and support overfishing, and shift funds to support sustainable fisheries and healthy marine ecosystems play a crucial role in achieving these objectives.
    ons, but it falls short of making the necessary structural shift towards sustainable funding.1 Alain Cadec’s draft report includes several improvements to the Commission proposal but fails to live up to the need for a fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and its associated funding instrument.

    To read the full NGO statement, click here

    Executive Summary

    Other documents:

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    NGOs urge change of funding priorities in the proposed EMFF

    AUGUST 08 2012
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    We ask Member States and the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to at least double the amount of resources allocated to data collection and control and enforcement compared to the 2007 – 2013 financing period. 

    Full document (2 pages):

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    Public aid for sustainable fisheries

    FEBRUARY 22 2012
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    Public aid has been identified as a driver for overfishing. The proposed European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) must ensure that future aid does not undermine the objectives of the CFP, but contributes to the transition to sustainable fisheries and towards achieving healthy marine ecosystems.

    Full document (3 pages):

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    No aid for engine modernisation or replacement under the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

    JANUARY 30 2012
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    We welcome the Commission’s proposal to stop providing public funding for the replacement or modernisation of main or ancillary engines on board fishing vessels and ask decision makers to support EMFF Article 39(2) in its current form for the following reasons.

    Full document (1 page):

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Briefing

    Preliminary Reaction to the Commission’s proposal for a future EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund

    DECEMBER 12 2011
    OCEAN2012 and NGOs

    An initial reaction from OCEAN2012, BirdLife Europe, Greenpeace, Oceana, the Pew Environment Group, Seas At Risk and WWF to the Commission’s proposal for the European Fisheries and Maritime Fund which offers a critical opportunity to eliminate subsidies which contribute to overfishing and use them to support transition towards truly sustainable fisheries and towards achieving healthy marine ecosystems.

    Full document (4 pages):

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575
  • Report

    Reforming EU Fisheries Subsidies

    OCTOBER 09 2011
    Birdlife, Greenpeace, OCEAN2012, Oceana, Seas at Risk, WWF

    This report looks back at the promises made on fisheries subsidy reform during the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) review in 2002 and analyses whether the promises were delivered during the implementation of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in 2007-2013. It suggests ways in which the future financial instrument and the new CFP more broadly could be reformed.

    Executive Summary

    Full document (35 pages):

    Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32 476 622575

Other documents

NGOs urge members to the PECH Committee to heed public opinion on positive use of EU fisheries subsidies, June 26, 2013

 

Preliminary assessment of Compromise Amendments to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, June 10, 2013.

 

Letters

 
Contact: Mike Walker mwalker@pewtrusts.org +32476622575