EU sees signs that over-fishing eased in 2012

August 8, 2013
Fishing boats are anchored at the fishing port of Barbate, southern Spain, on January 9, 2012. The European Commission said on Thursday that the longstanding problem of over-fishing by EU member states has finally shown signs of easing.

The European Commission said on Thursday that the longstanding problem of over-fishing by EU member states has finally shown signs of easing.

In what the European Union executive says could be an encouraging trend after years of radical cuts to quotas and the destruction of the industry in many regions, reductions imposed for excessive catches were down on previous years.

"I note the reduction in the total amount of overfishing as compared to last year and aim at ensuring a longer term trend in this respect," said Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

"As we now work towards the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, our priority is to ensure that the rules are rigorously and fairly enforced for all" in the interests of "the long-term sustainability of our stocks."

Fourteen of the 28 EU states led by the top of Spain had their quotas for 2013 on 17 reduced. Madrid faced a cut of about 600,000 tonnes overall.

Portugal also went over its allocations for 12 species, especially haddock, and saw its allowable catch there slashed by nearly 400,000 tonnes for this year as a result.

France, on the other hand, faces only a 554-tonne cut in its haddock quota and a token 0.05-tonne reduction in its limit.

Britain's quota also saw a minor tweak, less than 200 tonnes down.

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1 / 5 (1) Aug 08, 2013
Great news. A stable fishing population is critical to the future. I also hate the fact that these fishing companies complain but show no signs of new ways of doing business. Why not grow certain kinds of fish in large protective locations with nets around them. Or inside tanks on shore. Intensify the production 10 fold or even far more.

It`s like going from catching animals in the wild to mass production of chickens and other animals for food. The sea is no different. Sure it`s already being done for some types of fish. But that only shows it can be done for far more types as well. It`s all about how much they want to succeed and they will find a way.

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