The future of the UK’s marine life is at stake as the government draws up plans for a new Brexit fisheries bill.
The government recently launched its initial plans for fisheries post-Brexit, but these proposals fell well short of what is needed to protect our seas.
ClientEarth is urging people to have their say, by responding to a public consultation on the future of the UK’s marine life and sending a letter to environment secretary Michael Gove.
If the government wants to set proper rules to protect the UK’s seas and the life in them, ClientEarth is calling for:
- Sustainable catch limits set strictly according to the best scientific advice;
- High environmental standards for fishing gear and methods, and better protection for vulnerable ocean ecosystems;
- More resources for improved monitoring and enforcement of fisheries laws; and,
- A commitment that negotiations with the EU and other countries will ensure important shared fish stocks are managed sustainably.
ClientEarth is part of the new #maynotcontainfish campaign alongside Greenpeace, The Marine Conservation Society, The Wildlife Trusts, New Economics Foundation, RSPB, Sustain and WWF that is encouraging the public to help ensure that Brexit will not lead to dangerous overfishing.