10 Reasons to End Overfishing in Europe
Taking action would benefit the marine environment, as well as EU citizens and fishermen
Restoring fish stocks to sustainable levels through science-based management will help ensure a healthy marine environment for generations to come.
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In the waters of Europe, fish and fisheries have played an important part in the history, culture, and well-being of local communities for many centuries. However, this renewable resource has been overexploited for decades, leading to serious consequences for marine ecosystems.
Management of fisheries in the European Union has improved over the past 15 years, but the fishing limits set by EU fisheries ministers too often exceed the levels advised by scientists. That prevents Europeans from realising many of the benefits of sustainable, productive fish stocks and fisheries.
The EU’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), which took effect at the start of 2014, requires an end to overfishing by 2015 where possible, and by 2020 at the latest. Restoring fish stocks to sustainable levels through science-based management is essential not just because it is the law, but also because it will help ensure a healthy marine environment for generations to come.
To support effective implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, The Pew Charitable Trusts is working to:
- End overfishing in Europe’s north-western waters by advocating that EU member states set fishing limits allowing fish stocks to recover to sustainable levels.
- Protect vulnerable species and ecosystems in the deep sea by securing EU measures to regulate Europe’s bottom-fishing fleet in accordance with agreed-upon United Nations resolutions.
Support our campaign
Join Pew’s efforts to persuade EU decision-makers to bring a rapid end to overfishing in Europe’s north-western waters. For more information and to add your voice, please sign up at pewtrusts.org/endeuoverfishing.
- Jordi Guillen et al., “Sustainability Now or Later? Estimating the Benefits of Pathways to Maximum Sustainable Yield for EU Northeast Atlantic Fisheries,” Marine Policy 72 (2016): 40–47, https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.06.015.
- European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products, The EU Fish Market (2015), http://www.eumofa.eu/documents/20178/66003/ EN_The+EU+fish+market_Ed+2015.pdf/4cbd01f2-cd49-4bd1-adae-8dbb773d8519.