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This joint NGO response to the Commission’s consultation on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2021 was co-signed by ClientEarth, Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceana, Seas At Risk, Fisheries Secretariat and Our Fish. In this response, we jointly call on the Commission to propose fishing opportunities for 2021 in line with the requirements and objectives of the CFP, in order to restore and maintain fish populations above biomass levels capable of producing the maximum sustainable yield (MSY).
In previous years our responses often focused on the shortcomings in the Commission’s in part misleadingly positive reporting on the situation of fish stocks and progress towards ending overfishing. While it is important to recognise the long-term progress made, this tendency to present an overly positive picture of the situation remains problematic, since it makes it easier for decision-makers to perpetuate inaction on key issues which they have failed to address so far. In this year’s joint response, we therefore particularly highlight the following key issues which need to be addressed as a priority in order to ensure that all TACs proposed and set for 2021 meet the objectives of the CFP:
Since the CFP’s legal MSY deadline for ending overfishing by 2020 passed this year, the fishing opportunities agreed this year for 2021 must respect this deadline, and the broader objective of maintaining and restoring all stocks above levels capable of producing MSY.
Read ClientEarth’s past responses to the Commission’s consultation here: