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Europe | 15 September 2023

Joint NGO recommendations to the UK on fishing opportunities for 2024
Fisheries & Seafood
Fisheries Enforcement
Fisheries Policy

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Joint NGO recommendations to the UK on fishing opportunities for 2024

These joint NGO recommendations to the governments of the United Kingdom and of its devolved administrations regarding catch limits in the Northeast Atlantic for 2024 were co-signed by Blue Marine Foundation, ClientEarth, Marine Conservation Society, Oceana UK, Open Seas, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Shark Trust, Whale and Dolphin Society and WWF. In this document, we jointly call on the UK to work with the EU and third countries to agree sustainable fishing opportunities for 2024 that end overfishing, significantly contribute to restoring and/or maintaining all fish populations above healthy levels and safeguard marine ecosystem functions.

This means setting fishing limits not exceeding, and preferably well below, the best available scientific advice for maximum catches, in order to maximise long-term ecosystem health, productivity and resilience in the face of mounting pressures like climate change. In light of the UK’s departure from the EU, we call on the UK Government to deliver on its commitment to be a world leader in sustainable fisheries management by following our detailed recommendations regarding

  • the setting of Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for 2024,
  • the management of fish stocks shared with third parties, including the EU,
  • the need to use mixed fisheries and interspecies considerations and implement an ecosystem-based approach in order to safeguard the most vulnerable stock(s),
  • the correct implementation of the landing obligation,
  • the management of depleted stocks with zero or very low catch advice,
  • the management of stocks not subject to a TAC (such as European eel and sea bass), and
  • the management of deep-sea stocks.

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Find other files produced or co-signed by ClientEarth related to the annual negotiations on fishing opportunities from 2015 onwards here.