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Archived Project

Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe

Pew’s project to End Overfishing in North-Western Europe focuses on the implementation of two crucial elements of the European Union’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP): Setting fishing limits that will end overfishing by 2015 where possible or by 2020 at the latest, and putting in place multi-annual plans for the management of EU fisheries to realise these objectives.

Multi-Annual Plans

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Multi-annual plans (MAPs) are at the heart of the European Union’s reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

Fishing Limits

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In the past, ministers responsible for fisheries have often set fishing limits or Total Allowable Catches (TACs)  over and above the scientific advice in the interests of short-term economic gains.