EU fishing quotas were set higher than advised by scientists and the European Commission without sufficient economic or social justification, an access to information request has revealed. This breaches EU transparency law and undermines EU fisheries law.
Proposed plans to protect vulnerable marine areas off the coast of Kent fall short and would set a bad precedent for the waters around the UK.
Overfishing remains a serious threat to the ocean and to industry, as EU ministers once again set quotas with little regard for the law or scientific advice.
EU fisheries law is not being properly enforced. Fines for illegal fishing are rare. When fines are given, they are very low – the average is as little as €288.
Are fishing quotas set in line with the law? Big questions remain as ministers debate 2017 catch limits
Next week, EU fisheries ministers will decide the majority of 2017 fishing quotas for the Northeast Atlantic.
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