Early this morning in Brussels, EU Fisheries Ministers reached an agreement on the catch limits for the main commercial fish stocks in Atlantic waters for 2016. Oceana describes the agreement as disappointing and deplores the lack of ambition fisheries ministers have demonstrated to honour the commitments agreed in the Common Fisheries Policy, in particular the ending of overfishing.
“Today’s Ministers’ decision on catch limits is clearly insufficient to accomplish the binding commitment to eradicate overfishing from European waters,” states Lasse Gustavsson, Executive Director of Oceana in Europe. “The gap between politics and science continues. By doing so, not only the sustainable exploitation of fish resources is threatened but it also risks the prosperity of fishing activities”.