MEPs urged to unite for CFP reform
Brussels, 25th January 2011. In a meeting organised by MEPs Chris Davies and Carl Haglund, Members of the European Parliament were urged to jointly engage in the process of reforming the Common Fisheries Policy after they were reminded that fisheries are a societal issue, affecting a wide variety of stakeholders and interests.
At the meeting, attended by Members of the European Parliament, representatives of Member States, and a variety of other stakeholders (including retailers, environmental NGOs and industry representatives), a case was made for the societal interest of fisheries issues. In this, a key message that came across during the event was that fisheries can no longer be considered a strictly sectoral issue, pertaining to the sphere of interest of fishermen and their representatives; nor can they merely be addressed from an environmental perspective. A variety of other actors, from retailers to processors, from the tourism industry to recreational fishermen, have an important stake in the health of the marine environment and of the fish resources it holds.
MEP Chris Davies stressed that “Comprehensive and ambitious reforms are urgently needed if we still want to see fish on our menus in 10 years time" and urged his colleagues to gather under a wide coalition of Parliamentarians – from several Committees and several political groups – in order to ensure that the debate on CFP reform encompasses all the relevant dimensions of public interest.
With nearly 80% of assessed European fish stocks currently being overfished, it is essential that the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) bring about fundamental reforms to our current fisheries management.
Speakers from WWF, EDEKA and Carrefour demonstrated how different sectors with a stake in fisheries issues are already coming together. Partnerships between fishermen, scientists, NGOs and retailers are on the rise: it is now a matter of translating these experiments in integration into the political sphere.
Seas At Risk and the OCEAN2012 coalition are working towards a CFP reform which stops overfishing, ends destructive fishing practices and delivers fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks.
ALDE Press release