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In less than a week, fisheries ministers from across the European Union will head to Brussels to set next year’s catch limits for fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea.
The health of Europe’s fisheries in the north-east Atlantic is at stake after a European Parliament committee decided today to postpone the recovery of fish stocks in that area.
Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth warn that documents released yesterday detailing the government’s contingencies for a no-deal Brexit scenario reveal departments worryingly underprepared to maintain promised environmental protections.
ClientEarth lawyers have applauded a new report that highlights the lack of effort from several EU Member States in protecting the marine environment from pollution, biodiversity loss and unsustainable fishing.
Speaking to the European Parliament, ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said that EMFF should only support measures that contribute to economically self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable fisheries.
ClientEarth has published a briefing series explaining why it is so difficult to reliably monitor whether fishing limits are being set at sustainable levels, and how this should be improved.
The series, ‘Matching fishing limits with sustainability and the law: difficulties and recommendations’ has been produced ahead of the setting of fishing quotas in December.
- Joint NGO position: Recovering fish stocks and fully implementing the Landing Obligation – managing fishing mortality to meet CFP objectives
- Implementation of the landing obligation in 2019: Urgent recommendations for the UK government and devolved administrations
- Joint NGO recommendations on fishing opportunities for 2019 – TAC Annex
- Joint NGO recommendations on fishing opportunities for 2019 – Policy Annex
- Joint NGO recommendations on fishing opportunities for 2019 – Cover letter
- ClientEarth letter to Commission regarding the Commission’s upcoming TAC proposal and its approach to the 2019 fishing opportunities in the Northeast Atlantic
- ClientEarth letter to Commission regarding recommendations for the Commission’s communication on fishing opportunities for 2019 and report under CFP Article 50
- ClientEarth’s response to the Commission’s Communication concerning a consultation on fishing opportunities for 2019 under the CFP
- NGO recommendations for deep-sea fishing limits 2019–2020
- Overview of CFP infringements per Member State
- Access to documents requests on the implementation of the EU fisheries Control Regulation
- Annexes II and III to ClientEarth and Seas At Risk letter to Commission regarding outstanding concerns about exemption requests for the 2019 discard plans
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