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.
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.
Key EU countries have repeatedly pushed for unsustainable fishing limits in the North East Atlantic while other countries have failed to stop them, our new report reveals.
The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.
ClientEarth legal experts have produced a briefing for European policy makers outlining the importance of imposing significant deterrent sanctions and penalties against citizens and organisations that have taken part in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities.
ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.
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.
- Les recommandations de ClientEarth aux preneurs de décision pour respecter l’échéance RMD 2020
- Recomendaciones clave de ClientEarth a los responsables políticos sobre el cumplimiento de la fecha límite del RMS, de 2020
- Letter from ClientEarth to the EU Council regarding transparency and accountability in setting the 2020 fishing opportunities
- Joint NGO recommendations on the setting of Northeast Atlantic fishing opportunities for 2020
- ClientEarth’s key recommendations to decision-makers on meeting the 2020 MSY deadline
- Taking stock – are TACs set to achieve MSY? – Annex III
- Taking stock – are TACs set to achieve MSY?
- Taking stock – are TACs set to achieve MSY? – Annex II
- Taking stock – are TACs set to achieve MSY? – Annex V
- ClientEarth’s complaint to the European Ombudsman about the lack of transparency in the December Council TAC-setting process
- A legal challenge to fishing quotas – by the European Parliament
- Joint NGO letter to MEPs on maintaining the ban on harmful subsidies