European Union Proposes Overhaul of Fisheries Policy

Publication: New York Times

Author: David Jolly

07/13/2011 - The European Union on Wednesday proposed a major overhaul of its fisheries policy, including the creation of a market in fishing rights.

But environmentalists said that the plan did not address the overcapacity of the bloated European fleet.


“It’s absolutely not clear how they intend to allocate the rights in the first place,” said Markus Knigge, a fisheries policy adviser to the Pew Environment Group. “What you want is for the most ecologically sustainable fisheries to end up with the rights.”

“The fear is that they won’t even say you have to take environmental and social factors into consideration,” Mr. Knigge added, “but rather just hand over the rights to those who have been overfishing.”

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