EU funds that support the fishing and maritime sectors sound like a good idea. But when taxpayers’ money is used to prop up environmentally and economically unsustainable fishing, it’s time these harmful subsidies come to an end.
In a recent report, we found that France and Spain have so far failed to use the EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) in conservation efforts to end overfishing and restore the marine environment.
Our lawyers have warned that European fisheries ministers’ decision to set unsustainable fishing limits for 2020 breaches EU law and could result in legal action.
Key EU countries have repeatedly pushed for unsustainable fishing limits in the North East Atlantic while other countries have failed to stop them, our new report reveals.
The EU Ombudsman has demanded the Council of the European Union release more information on fishing quota negotiations between governments.
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- Joint NGO recommendations to the UK government on fishing opportunities for 2021
- Seafood industry stakeholders comment on the Fisheries Bill
- NGO recommendations for deep‐sea fishing limits 2021‐2022
- NGO recommendations to the parties managing shared fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic
- Joint NGO response to the Commission consultation on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2021 under the CFP
- Ask the right question, get the right answer: Scientific advice for bycatch or non-targeted stocks that have zero catch advice
- Let’s get the numbers right: What proportion of fish stocks are sustainably managed in the EU?
- Setting Total Allowable Catches (TACs) in the context of the Landing Obligation
- Blue Manifesto: The roadmap to a healthy ocean in 2030
- Turning the tide: Adding blue to the green agenda
- Turning the tide on EU seas with a Green recovery
- Paving the way for a more sustainable food system