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Common Fisheries Policy | 29th July 2020

NGO recommendations for deep‐sea fishing limits 2021‐2022
Common Fisheries Policy
Wildlife & habitats

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NGO recommendations for deep‐sea fishing limits 2021‐2022

These joint NGO recommendations to the European Commission and the Council of fisheries ministers, for deep-sea fishing limits 2021-2022, were co-signed by ClientEarth, Pew Charitable Trusts, Oceana, Seas At Risk, Fisheries Secretariat and Our Fish. In this document, we highlight shortcomings in the current management of these vulnerable stocks, and jointly call on EU decision-makers to set sustainable fishing limits in line with the requirements and objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), in order to restore and maintain fish populations above biomass levels capable of producing the maximum sustainable yield (MSY). This is particularly crucial since the CFP’s legal MSY deadline for ending overfishing by 2020 passed this year and must therefore be respected when setting fishing opportunities for 2021 and beyond.

In particular, we provide specific recommendations regarding the implementation of the precautionary approach to fisheries management, advise strongly against the removal of Total Allowable Catches (TACs) which risks unsustainable exploitation, and provide concrete suggestions for a number of stocks like orange roughy, roundnose and roughhead grenadier, red (/blackspot) seabream and deep-sea sharks.

This document is part of a series of three documents providing recommendations to decision-makers focusing on different parts of the process for setting catch limits for 2021. You can find the other two here:

Joint NGO response to the Commission consultation on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2021 under the CFP

Joint NGO recommendations to parties managing shared fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic

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