With 2017 Fishing Limits, It’s Time for EU Ministers to Stop Putting Stock Recovery at Risk

With 2017 Fishing Limits, It’s Time for EU Ministers to Stop Putting Stock Recovery at Risk. Pew Charitable Trusts. Andrew Clayton. November 11, 2016.

Fisheries ministers in the European Union are still too often taking risks when setting fishing limits—with stocks, with the science, and with the law—as demonstrated by the outcome of the October Council meeting. Two more critical Council decisions on annual limits will be made before the end of 2016, so what is at stake?

The benefits of ending overfishing are clear. A recent report by Poseidon Aquatic Resource Management Ltd., a U.K.-based consultancy, highlights five case studies that show that when fishing in EU waters is brought within sustainable limits, the ecosystem, fishing businesses catching these stocks, and coastal communities all benefit. The prospect of such gains, along with the failure to fish sustainably in past decades, is what led EU decision-makers to commit in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy 2013 to ending overfishing within clear deadlines. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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