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Project

Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe

Overfishing is a serious concern in the waters of northwestern Europe.

Although this issue is not unique to the region—experts estimate that $83 billion is lost worldwide annually to overfishing and could be recovered through stock restoration—it persisted for years in large part because of the European Union’s reluctance to set fishing limits in line with scientific advice.

Although European ministers have followed the science in setting most of the 2018 fishing limits, they must do more: Under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, Member States are legally bound to end overfishing by 2020 to maintain sustainable fisheries.  

Progress toward that goal has varied, but it generally has been too slow to meet the 2020 deadline. Pew’s work is focused on bringing EU fisheries management in line with scientific advice to end overfishing and allow stocks to recover. In doing so, the EU would set a positive example for other governments and help ensure the future sustainability of fisheries in northwestern Europe and beyond.

Project Goals

To support effective implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, we are working to ensure that overfishing ends in Europe’s northwestern waters by advocating that EU decision-makers:

  • Set fishing limits that will allow stocks to recover to sustainable levels.
  • Agree on long-term legislation that achieves the objectives of the CFP in each region.
  • Measure progress toward these aims, and make this information publicly available.
Video

Como Acabar com a Sobrepesca na UE

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As pescarias da UE estão com problemas. Atualmente, quase 50 por cento dos stocks no Mar do Norte e no Atlântico Nordeste estão em sobrepesca – e mais de 90 por cento no Mediterrâneo. Explicamos as consequências graves que tanto a economia como o ambiente marinho da União Europeia enfrentarão com a continuação da sobrepesca e delineamos um plano de ação para os Ministros acabarem com a sobrepesca – e como tu podes ajudar.

Fact Sheet

10 Razões para acabar com a sobrepesca na Europa

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Fact Sheet

Nas águas europeias, o peixe e as pescas têm desempenhado um papel importante na história, cultura e bem-estar das comunidades locais ao longo dos séculos. No entanto, este recurso renovável tem sido sobreexplorado durante décadas, levando a graves consequências para os ecossistemas marinhos.

Report

Turning the Tide

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Turning the Tide depicts the historical richness and diversity of the seas of north-western Europe, how those traits spurred development along the seas’ shores, the effects of too much fishing, and the role of EU fisheries management.

Article

Handover of Petition to Karmenu Vella Signed by 81,343 EU Citizens

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81,343 citizens call for an end to overfishing in the EU as Pew's Uta Bellion hands over the petition to EU Fisheries Commissioner Karmenu Vella.

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