Press Release

Fisheries ministers continue mismanagement of oceans

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Brussels – Markus Knigge, advisor to OCEAN2012, issued the following statement in response to the EU Fisheries Ministers' failure to agree on ambitious targets for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy at 04.20 this morning at the Council meeting of the Danish presidency.

Mette Gjerskov, Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries at this morning's press conference. © The Council of the European Union.

“EU fisheries ministers have continued their record of mismanagement by delaying the ending of overfishing in the EU and by its fleet globally. We are now looking to the European Parliament to support a Common Fisheries Policy reform that delivers a healthy marine environment and viable fisheries dependent communities.

Notes to editors:

OCEAN2012, a coalition of 166 organizations across Europe, was initiated, and is co-ordinated, by the Pew Environment Group, the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organisation working to end overfishing in the world´s oceans.

The steering group of OCEAN2012 consists of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Ecologistas en Acción, The Fisheries Secretariat, nef (new economics foundation), the Pew Environment Group and Seas At Risk.

View webcast of press conference at the European Council

European Council, Agriculture and Fisheries, press release, June 12, 2012 (PDF)

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