EU sees signs that over-fishing eased in 2012

Aug 08, 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.

Explore further: Law of the Sea authorizes animal tagging research without nations' consent

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Disputed fish quota cuts lead to tough EU talks

Dec 18, 2012

EU fishery ministers began difficult talks Tuesday on the vexed question of 2013 quotas as they sought to balance conflicting demands from environmentalists and fishermen alike.

EU ministers reach deal on fish discards ban

Feb 27, 2013

EU fishery ministers agreed Wednesday to implement a ban on discards—the wasteful practice of dumping unwanted fish overboard—by easing quota limits, much to the anger of environmental groups.

MEPs approve new EU sustainable fishery regime

Feb 06, 2013

The European Parliament approved Wednesday a new fisheries accord hailed by environmental groups as a breakthrough in managing a key food resource which has been over-exploited for years.

Recommended for you

How can we help endangered vultures?

Oct 24, 2014

Zoologists from the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin are proposing an ingenious idea to help conserve populations of African white-backed vultures. The iconic birds, which play a critical ...

Scientists work to save endangered desert mammal

Oct 24, 2014

Amargosa voles, small rodents that inhabit rare marshes of the Mojave Desert, have faced dire circumstances in recent years. Loss of habitat, extreme drought and climate change brought this subspecies of ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

maxb500_live_nl
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.