Uta Bellion, director of the Pew Environment Group's European Marine Programme and OCEAN2012 co-ordinator, issued the following statement responding to the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee's vote on an own initiative report on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
"Today the Fisheries Committee missed an opportunity to demonstrate clear support for an effective reform of the Common Fisheries Policy ensuring healthy fish stocks and vibrant coastal communities."
OCEAN2012 is committed to shaping a CFP that:
* Enshrines environmental sustainability as the over-arching principle, without which economic and social sustainability is unobtainable;
* Commits decision-makers to following scientific advice;
* Reduces the fleet based on environmental and social criteria;
* Makes public funding available to smooth the transition to more sustainable fisheries;
* Makes access to fisheries resources and public aid for fishing conditional on environmental and social factors; and
* Gives the public access to fisheries data from Member States, such as catches, fleet figures and compliance
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