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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Ending the abuse of the marine environment

In a speech at the Fisheries (PECH) Committee meeting on 9 October 2012, Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment, emphasised the inefficiency of today’s fishing infrastructures, economic and financial systems, and business models, which has led to the abuse of marine resources and to a poor status of today’s marine ecosystems. He stated that it would be necessary to find a solution, in order to move from resource depletion to resource efficiency.
The European Commission has been promoting a growth model that places the efficient use of natural resources at the centre of its economic transformation, demonstrated in the Commission’s adoption of a proposal for a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and a proposal for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, both of which would promote better conditions and sustainable fisheries that respect the ecosystems.
The Commissioner highlighted the importance of exploiting the full potential of the EU environmental policy and to promote “blue growth” through the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy. However, he emphasised that EU action would only bring changes and be credible through a coherent approach.

Source: European Commission