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The Commission’s proposal is a first step in the right direction to tackle the long-lasting overfishing situation in the Mediterranean Sea and realise the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)’s objectives of achieving Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) by 2020 and minimize fisheries impacts on the ecosystems. However, the WMedMAP is clearly insufficient as it stands to reverse the situation.
A new transparent, science-based and participative fisheries governance is central to achieving long term sustainability and to implement effective management measures that are by now strongly needed to prevent Mediterranean fish stocks from collapsing and to recover them.

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