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This joint NGO response to the Commission’s consultation on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2022 was co-signed by ClientEarth, BirdWatch Ireland, Danmarks Naturfredningsforening, Deutsche Umwelthilfe, Ecologistas en Acción, The Fisheries Secretariat, Fundació ENT, De Nederlandse Elasmobranchen Vereniging, Stichting De Noordsee, Oceana, Our Fish, Sciaena, Seas At Risk and WWF. 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).
Since most of the issues we have previously raised remain valid, we continue to highlight the following key recommendations that need to be followed in order to ensure that all TACs proposed and set for 2022 meet the objectives of the CFP:
Since the CFP’s legal MSY deadline for ending overfishing by 2020 has passed, the fishing opportunities agreed this year for 2022 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: