Sustainability must be at the heart of fisheries management during the UK’s preparations to leave the European Union. Governments can help build a brighter future for our seas.
We’re approaching the 2020 deadline for sustainable fishing limits. We need to see Member States making consistent and responsible decisions on vulnerable fisheries.
EU fishing quotas were set higher than advised by scientists and the European Commission without sufficient economic or social justification, an access to information request has revealed. This breaches EU transparency law and undermines EU fisheries law.
Proposed plans to protect vulnerable marine areas off the coast of Kent fall short and would set a bad precedent for the waters around the UK.
Overfishing remains a serious threat to the ocean and to industry, as EU ministers once again set quotas with little regard for the law or scientific advice.
“Working for ClientEarth gives me a huge sense of hope. By combining law with science, and working with businesses, we will make a real difference to our seas at a time when action is critical.”
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