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.
Ending overfishing in north-western Europe
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In its just released “Communication on Fishing Opportunities,” the European Commission finds that many fishing limits still exceed the ceilings required by the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to allow stocks to recover and that fisheries ministers seem to be slowing progress. Read More
Although the ink is barely dry on the European legislation that sets fishing limits for 2016, preparations for the next cycle of decision-making are already underway. Read More
Leaders of the European Union reached agreement in March on a multi-annual plan (MAP) for certain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea. The compromise among representatives of the European Fisheries Council, Parliament, and Commission follows 10 months of trilogue negotiations. Read More