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These joint NGO recommendations to the government of the United Kingdom regarding catch limits in the Northeast Atlantic for 2021, were co-signed by Marine Conservation Society, Oceana and ClientEarth. In this document, we jointly call on the UK to work with the EU and third countries to agree sustainable fishing opportunities for 2021.
In particular, we provide concrete recommendations regarding the setting of fishing opportunities in line with the best available scientific advice, also in light of the widely recognised poor compliance with the landing obligation, and with a particular emphasis on North Sea cod and vulnerable bycatch stocks with zero catch advice.
It also highlights that in light of the UK’s departure from the EU, the adoption of a robust, scientifically sound agreement between the EU and the UK is essential to effectively and jointly address the current climate and biodiversity threats, and to ensure that sustainability, conservation and protection of the marine environment are given priority over short-term political and sectorial interests.
Find other files produced or co-signed by ClientEarth related to the annual negotiations on fishing opportunities from 2015 onwards here.