NGOs to Members of the European Parliament on fisheries subsidies


Dear Member of the European Parliament,

We are writing to ask you to vote on July 10 for a European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, EMFF, which supports an end to EU overfishing and a recovery of fish stocks. On February 6 the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reverse thirty years of failed EU fisheries management in favour of an ambitious reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy. However, proposals for fisheries subsidies contributing to overcapacity threaten this bold move and – if adopted - would hinder an end to EU overfishing.

Please do not support a reintroduction of a subsidy to build new vessels. This type of subsidy has been proven to contribute to overfishing and was phased out by the 2002 CFP reform. Furthermore, reintroducing this subsidy would contradict the EU’s Rio+20 commitments and undermine its position in the WTO negotiations.

Aid for vessel construction has maintained or even increased overfishing and there is no evidence that this type of subsidy leads to greater socio-economic or environmental benefits. Instead, we propose that subsidies are used to transition to a sustainable fishing sector by funding enhanced control and enforcement measures and improving data collection. This would facilitate the setting of sustainable fishing limits and guarantee effective control and enforcement.

If you have any questions on this, please not hesitate to contact Cathrine Schirmer of OCEAN2012
cschirmer@pewtrusts.org +32 483 666967.

Yours sincerely,


Read the letters sent from around Europe


OCEAN2012 wrote to Nils Torvalds, MEP ALDE


OCEAN2012 wrote to the French members of the PECH Committee (PDF) - Alain Cadec, Isabelle Thomas, Patrick le Hyaric, Jean-Paul Besset and Jean-Louis Cottigny.


OCEAN2012 member group MEDASSET wrote to:


OCEAN2012 and Irish NGOs wrote to:

Birdwatch Ireland also wrote separately to the above.


OCEAN2012 members in Portugal wrote to:


OCEAN2012 members in Spain wrote to the following PECH Committee members:
They also wrote to:


OCEAN2012 wrote to Isabella Lövin, GREENS/EFA

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