European Parliament Concludes Five Years of Common Fisheries Policy Reform

European Parliament Concludes Five Years of Common Fisheries Policy Reform

On April 16, the European Parliament effectively concluded the EU Common Fisheries Policy reform with the adoption of the final piece of legislation, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, or EMFF.

Launched in 2009 to remedy policies that encouraged overfishing, the reform has taken over five years. In May 2013, European legislators took an historic step by agreeing to a reformed EU Common Fisheries Policy. This included a commitment to recover and maintain fish stocks above levels needed to produce maximum sustainable yield, and to end EU overfishing “by 2015 where possible and by 2020 at the latest”. In December 2013, the European Parliament adopted the basic fisheries regulation, which came into force on January 1st 2014. Later in January, a political deal was reached on the EU fisheries subsidies regime, the EMFF, which should support implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy. This deal was adopted by the European Parliament today.

This animation produced by OCEAN2012 has received more than 1 million views on YouTube.

The EMFF approval marks the end of the Common Fisheries Policy reform. With the goals of the OCEAN2012 coalition achieved, it is now winding up. The coalition, initially set up by five groups, has grown into a substantial force of 193 diverse organisations from 24 EU countries.*

“OCEAN2012 congratulates the European Parliament, EU fisheries ministers and the European Commission for achieving an historic reform that lays the way for ending EU overfishing,” said Uta Bellion, director of The Pew Charitable Trusts' EU Marine Programme and co-ordinator of OCEAN2012.

Ocean-Group

Great credit goes to the many civil society groups and EU citizens who sustained support over five years for a fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy. (Photo: OCEAN2012)

If effectively implemented, the new Common Fisheries Policy will end EU overfishing, restore fish stocks and provide greater financial support for responsible fisheries management. However, the agreed EMFF does allow subsidies for measures, such as vessel modernisation, which could contribute to overfishing even though the final text also provides more funds for data collection, control and enforcement.

“Considerable leadership and political courage were displayed in securing reform, but this does not guarantee an end to EU overfishing. That requires member states to set sustainable fishing limits and implement the discard ban, ending the wasteful practice of throwing dead fish back into the sea. EU citizens want to see more fish in our waters and healthy oceans,” Bellion said.

The new EMFF will come into force after its formal confirmation by fisheries ministers and its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union during May.

*The steering group of OCEAN2012 consists of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Ecologistas en Acción, The Fisheries Secretariat, nef (new economics foundation), The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Seas at Risk.

For More Information:

Photo gallery and infographics: http://ocean2012.eu/pages/109-press-gallery;
Videos: //www.youtube.com/user/OCEAN2012EU.

Spotlight on Mental Health

Composite image of modern city network communication concept

Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

Sign up for our four-week email course on Broadband Basics

Quick View

How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

Pills illustration
Pills illustration

What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

Sign up for our four-week email series The Race Against Resistance.

Quick View

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.

Explore Pew’s new and improved
Fiscal 50 interactive

Your state's stats are more accessible than ever with our new and improved Fiscal 50 interactive:

  • Maps, trends, and customizable charts
  • 50-state rankings
  • Analysis of what it all means
  • Shareable graphics and downloadable data
  • Proven fiscal policy strategies

Explore

Welcome to the new Fiscal 50

Key changes include:

  • State pages that help you keep track of trends in your home state and provide national and regional context.
  • Interactive indicator pages with highly customizable and shareable data visualizations.
  • A Budget Threads feature that offers Pew’s read on the latest state fiscal news.

Learn more about the new and improved Fiscal 50.