Seas in crisis? Fix the Common Fisheries Policy

Posted by Gemma Freeman - 17 August 2011 at 4:24pm - Comments

Our seas are in peril: more than 70 per cent of Europe's fish stocks are overfished, putting our most popular species at risk if it continues. And the way Europe’s seas and fish are managed allows fleets to take two-to-three times more from our oceans than what scientists consider sustainable.

Last month the European Commission launched its proposals for the once-a-decade reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) – the set of laws that manage Europe’s seas and fish.

So a number of campaigning organisations - Greenpeace, the Marine Conservation Society, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, ClientEarth, OCEAN2012, WWF, and the New Economics Foundation - joined together to hold a special event at the Zoological Society of London to voice responses to the proposed reforms, plus a shared vision for the future of European fisheries.

Richard Benyon, the UK fisheries minister, was also there to issue the UK government’s official reaction and objectives for CFP reform. The evening also featured on Hugh's Fish Fight: The Battle Continues programme, with Fearnley-Whittingstall speaking on the panel about his campaign too.

Meaningful reform of the Common Fisheries Policy may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. The video above, shown as an introduction to our event, outlines how we want Europe's fishing laws to change, becoming more progressive to protect our seas in crisis.

You can help us call for a strong reform of the CFP, to ensure that there are still fish to eat in the future as well as a fishing industry left to catch them.

Ask David Cameron to support Common Fisheries Policy reform to save our seas now >>

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