Once again, we’ve uncovered a disturbing amount of hidden subsidies to the EU’s fishing sector. You may remember in 2011, we calculated that a staggering 3.3 billion Euros in subsidies had gone from the EU to its Member State industries in just one year (2009).
It’s World Environment Day. We’ve always argued that protecting the marine environment, so that it functions like the well-oiled machine it should be, is the only way to ensure a strong and sustainable fishing industry.
Are you smearing liver oil from endangered deep-sea sharks on yourself every morning and night?
Your reflex may be to answer: “Obviously not!” But the truth is, you don’t know, and European cosmetic companies aren’t required to tell you if the squalene (or squalane) they use as an emollient in your face cream comes from shark liver oil, or from plant-based alternatives.
We’re not happy about being kept in the dark, and neither should you be.
A few days ago, over 3 km of illegal driftnets were seized in Italy. It’s amazing, and disturbing that more than a decade after a driftnet ban was put in place in the EU – we are still seeing regular cases of infractions, particularly by the Italian fleet.
Quick question: How do you feel about diversity? At Oceana, we believe that diversity is source of the strength and beauty of nature, and we celebrate Biodiversity Day every day. This year’s theme: Water and Biodiversity – hits very close to home (there isn’t any closer actually).
It’s been a while since we’ve updated you on where the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) stands. A few months ago, when the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted for sustainable fisheries in Europe, we saw the will of the people turn into reality. That future is not yet set in stone though, and as negotiations ramp up we’ve been working with our NGO colleagues to keep the pressure on decision makers ahead of next week’s meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers.
We’ve teamed up with WWF, FishFight, BirdLife, Paint a Fish, and Ocean2012 to get as many people on board to stop bankrupting our oceans and allow fish stocks in Europe to recover.
This interactive campaign allows you to send a message directly to your Fisheries Minister – we’ve already seen the power of citizens when the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly for a stronger Common Fisheries Policy a few months ago. The negotiations are now taking place, and now is not the time to loosen the pressure on our representatives. That’s why we need you to make your voice heard.