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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Current EU Fisheries Policy Unsustainable

The EU’s fishing industry could be heading towards ruin without robust regulatory reform, says a new WWF-commissioned study published on 16 October 2012. The study, carried out by Dutch renewables consultancy Framian BV, said that if the status quo continues, fishing fleets in the EU will land 1.4 million tonnes, or 30%, less fish by 2022 compared to 2009 figures.
The European Commission has attempted to tackle the decline of fish stocks by imposing stricter regulations in EU waters, but to the detriment of the industry, says the study. Current laws, it says, would have serious consequences for employment, forecasting a loss of 50,000 jobs in fishing by 2022.
The WWF suggests that fish populations should be allowed to grow back into levels that can support maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by 2015. MSY describes the maximum yield of a specified species of fish that can be fished year after year without harming the fish stock.

Source: EurActiv