Fisheries deal fails to bridge gap with ambitious European Parliament

Industrial fisheries of Orange roughy. Emptying a mesh full of Orange roughy into a trawler.

Brussels, Belgium, 15 May: After pulling yet another all-nighter, fisheries ministers unfortunately remained predictable with little effort being made to meet the European Parliament half way on their ambitious proposal to save fisheries in Europe. “The devil is in the detail as they say, but in this case it’s the lack of detail, as fisheries ministers decided on a legally neutral text with few binding timelines and concrete measures. If implemented it would enable them to continue badly managing our oceans and ruining our fish stocks for yet another decade.”…

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Civil society, citizens, children, fishermen and politicians urge Fisheries Ministers to “get on board and end overfishing!” WWF analyses it will take more than 100 years to end overfishing!

Brussels, Belgium / May 14, 2013 – Cvil society, citizens, children, fishermen and politicians met in front of the Council building in Brussels yesterday, where Fisheries Ministers are havinf a two-day meeting, to urge them to put an end to 30 years of ocean mismanagement and “get on board to end overfishing!” The reason for concern is a deadlock in political negotiations: the European Parliament endorsed a far-reaching overhaul of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) by 507 to 137 votes in February, whilst the Council on the other hand, has…

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