Final countdown to sustainable fisheries
Brussels, 29 May 2012. In a letter sent to EU Ministers ahead of the June Fisheries Council meeting, SAR and Fish have highlighted a list of key issues needing attention in order to repopulate European seas and enable a viable fishing sector through the reform of the CFP.
Taking place on June 12, EU Fisheries Ministers will be negotiating a preliminary agreement (General Approach) on the reform of the CFP considering crucial points of discussion such as achieving Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY), Transferable Fishing Concessions (TFCS), the discard ban, regionalisation, and the Common Organisation of the markets (CMO).
The content of the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will also be discussed.
Seas At Risk and the Fish Secretariat have re-iterated in their brief the importance to policy makers to shape the future regulatory framework in a coherent way so as to reverse the current overexploitation of European fish stocks.
To read the letter and for more information on the positions of Seas At Risk and the Fisheries Secretariat: