Ensuring effective implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy
At the start of 2014, a new era began for fisheries management in the European Union. A new Common Fisheries Policy, aiming to restore EU fish stocks, entered into force. For the previous five years, Pew and 192 other organizations worked through the OCEAN2012 coalition to support an ambitious reform. Though that process proved successful, overfishing is far from over. The legislation must be implemented well on the water if the new policy is to achieve its aims.
To make this happen, Pew launched a campaign that focuses on ending overfishing in northwestern European waters.
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The European Union’s Council of Fisheries Ministers on Nov. 10 agreed to 2015 and 2016 fishing limits for deep-sea fish stocks that exceed the levels recommended by the scientific advice. Read More
Karmenu Vella of Malta took office on 1 November as European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries, and Maritime Affairs. Despite improvements in recent years, the marine environment has undergone sustained degradation, largely a result of human activities such as overfishing. Vella faces many challenges, but with them a significant opportunity for leadership on fisheries issues. Read More
The European Commission published proposed 2015 fishing limits Oct. 28. These total allowable catches, or TACs, are the levels set for fish allowed to be caught by European Union vessels in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent waters, including those west of Scotland and Ireland, and the Irish, Celtic and North seas. Read More