We believe in healthy seas full of fish. Our ambitious advocacy helped create a better fisheries law for Europe. Now, we’re working to make sure it really does fight overfishing.
EU funds that support the fishing and maritime sectors sound like a good idea. But when taxpayers’ money is used to prop up environmentally and economically unsustainable fishing, it’s time these harmful subsidies come to an end.
In a win for democracy and transparency, the EU Ombudsman has criticised the Council of the European Union following our legal complaint over transparency.
In a recent report, we found that France and Spain have so far failed to use the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in conservation efforts to end overfishing and restore the marine environment.
Our lawyers have warned that European fisheries ministers’ decision to set unsustainable fishing limits for 2020 breaches EU law and could result in legal action.
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.
- Taking stock 2020 – are TACs set to achieve MSY? – Annex V
- Taking stock 2020 – are TACs set to achieve MSY? – Annex III
- Taking stock 2020 – are TACs set to achieve MSY? – Annex II
- Taking stock 2020 – are TACs set to achieve MSY?
- Joint NGO recommendations to the UK government on fishing opportunities for 2021
- NGO recommendations for deep‐sea fishing limits 2021‐2022
- NGO recommendations to the parties managing shared fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic
- Joint NGO response to the Commission consultation on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2021 under the CFP
- Ask the right question, get the right answer: Scientific advice for bycatch or non-targeted stocks that have zero catch advice
- Let’s get the numbers right: What proportion of fish stocks are sustainably managed in the EU?
- Setting Total Allowable Catches (TACs) in the context of the Landing Obligation
- Setting the right safety net: A framework for fisheries support policies in response to COVID-19