Countdown to 2020

How far has the EU come in ending overfishing?


European overfishing

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Four years after the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) entered into force, the 2020 deadline to end overfishing in European Union waters is quickly approaching.

On Wednesday, 21 February 2018, The Pew Charitable Trusts hosted an all-day conference, “Countdown to 2020: How Far Has the EU Come in Ending Overfishing?” in Brussels. The event brought together decision makers and stakeholders from across Europe for a dialogue on the progress made in implementing the CFP and additional steps to secure sustainable fisheries by 2020.

Watch the event rebroadcast to hear insights from policymakers, industry leaders, environmentalists and others. Karmenu Vella, the European commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, delivered the keynote address.

For the full programme, please click here.

Join the discussion on Twitter at #CFP2020.

Part 1: 09:30 – 11:15

Welcome speech by Andrew Clayton, project director of Pew’s Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe campaign

The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, civil society engagement, and ambitions achieved: Monica Verbeek, executive director of Seas at Risk, former Steering Group member of the OCEAN2012 campaign

Challenge 1: How much progress has been made toward ending overfishing by 2020?

Panel speakers:

Maja Kirchner, DG MARE, European Commission
Javier Garat, Europêche
Mark Dickey-Collas, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
Andrew Clayton, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Part 2: 11:45 – 12:45

Challenge 2: Regionalisation—Implementing the Common Fisheries Policy through multi-annual plans 

Panel speakers: 

Ulrike Rodust, Member of the European Parliament
Esther Winterhoff, Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union
Justyna Zajchowska, advisor to Pew’s European Marine Programme

Part 3: 14:15 – 15:30

Challenge 3: Landing obligation—Have fishing practices changed?

Presentation by:

Dave Reid, Marine Institute, DiscardLess Project, work package leader: adaptation of fishing strategies

Panel speakers: 

Mike Park, Scottish White Fish Producers Association
Colm O Suilleabhain, Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, Ireland
Irene Kingma, Dutch Elasmobranch Society

Part 4: 16:00 – 17:00

Challenge 4: The benefits of ending overfishing

Presentation by:

Fiona Nimmo, director, Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management

Presentation by:

Griffin Carpenter, senior researcher, New Economics Foundation


Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs, and Fisheries

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