At last, a victory for sustainable fishing

Posted by Nina Schrank - 19 December 2012 at 5:00pm - Comments
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Yesterday morning in chilly Brussels I joined small scale fishermen and Greenpeace campaigners who had travelled from all over Europe to demonstrate together outside the European Council Building. We were there to remind ministers to put the health of our oceans first, in the reform process of the European laws that govern our seas.<--break->

Melanie Laurent, French film star of Inglourious Basterds fame, joined us. But despite having a star in our midst, the fishermen stole the show with politicians coming over to say hello, listen to their stories, and European press asking for interviews.

What happened next quite frankly took us all by surprise: politicians voted on bold and sweeping reform, dedicated to bringing Europe’s fish stocks back to sustainable levels after decades of overfishing. It was a huge victory.

Considering that the current European fleet fishes two to three times more than what is sustainable, and this reform process only happens once very decade, this is a crucial step forwards. Finally they also backed a measure to reduce discards, the wasteful practice of throwing unwanted dead or dying fish overboard.

For the last year we've been calling for a reform on this scale. Small scale fishermen make up 80% of the European fleet yet they are only granted a tiny fraction of the fishing quota. Many of them, like the ones that I joined in Brussels yesterday look after their patch by using sustainable methods of catching fish, compared to larger boats who often use destructive methods that damage the marine environment.

We formed an alliance with small scale individual fishermen in the UK and we toured around the coast talking to people. Thousands of people signed fish shaped petition cards for your local MEPs and went online to sign our petition to fisheries minister Richard Benyon. We made a film about the plight of small scale fishermen and we visited politicians, many of whom assured us that they were on board with our vision of reform. But despite all this hard work, we really didn’t know how it would all pan out.

It's fair to say Europe's politicians have really listened to you, and proved that they are willing to turn a corner and move towards greater protection of our oceans. As Greek fishermen Yannis put it, our campaign was infinitely stronger because Greenpeace and small scale fishermen stood together, and our voices were louder as a result.

This new ambition in Europe’s politicians is on the right road - but it’s not over yet. This proposal still has to get through the European parliament and the European Council next year. But with this new ambition and drive towards marine protection, we’re hoping that decisions will be made in line with yesterday's result.

Throughout this process we’ll be continue to stand with small scale fishermen, in a combined push for greater ocean protection and a sustainable fishing industry, so that that our children will continue to enjoy fish-filled seas.

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sorry but what has been decided?

the guardians, the BBC and you all talk about victories but nobody gives any details on why it is a victory, what are the quotas going to be, who will get what etc...

'politicians
voted on bold and sweeping reform, dedicated to bringing Europe’s fish stocks
back to sustainable levels after decades of overfishing. It was a huge victory.' what is the reform

I have seen the news today, and have noted what the Greenpeace spokesperson is saying to the media following the European statement on quotas.

I am 71 years old and can remember the huge sizes of the fish that were taken from the sea, compared to those fished today.  The reason for the decline of fish stocks is because THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO GROW LARGE ENOUGH before being fished.  With a constant barrage of fishing, those that are taken are progresively younger and younger, and so this is a Catch 22 situation because more fish must be taken, and then the stocks become younger and younger and the species eventually cannot recover to sustainable levels.

There should be a DRASTIC reduction on quotas for many, many years, so that we can start to see BIG FISH once more.  Have a look at films of fishing catches from the 40's and 50''s and you will see what I mean.  No-one at Greenpeace or at Brussels today will be old enough to have that knowletge but even if they do, they are not taking Fish Size into account in the legislation.  When we went to the fish & chip shop it was normal to see 4 or 5 portions being battered out of one fish (one being the "tail end" and a bit cheaper). Nowadays one serving of battered fish is one complete side of the fish (head to tail).

So please do the comparison, look up the archive material, and then please enhance your campaigns with this valuable data - we need to get a massive reduction in fishing for many years until we can again see BIG FISH in our oceans!  (it makes sense, because less can be taken).  

We saw your film today in Nottingham!  Wow--so informative and very thougt provoking.  The statistics you presented at the end--77% of the UK boats get 4% of the UK quota was really effective, at least for me!  Also, the quotes from the fishermen themselves all of whom were saying that they can't make a living and feed their families on the very small number of fish they are allowed to catch.  It was really informative, thank you.  AND it's so great to see that at least a little bit of sense has been used and there has been progress!  Hooray!!

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