Common Fisheries Policy archive

  • Lawyers allege illegal fishing activities in North Sea nature reserve

    ClientEarth has lodged an official complaint with the European Commission over what we say is illegal management of protected North Sea nature reserves, which have been left decimated by damaging fishing practices.

  • Our complaint triggers EU Ombudsman fishing quotas investigation

    The European Ombudsman has officially announced the start of an inquiry following our complaint against the EU Council’s lack of transparency over fishing quotas.

  • We challenge EU’s lack of transparency around fishing quotas

    We are challenging the lack of transparency and public scrutiny around European decisions that set unsustainable fishing quotas behind closed doors.

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    European fisheries vote undermines sustainable fishing targets

    Environmental lawyers warn that today’s European Parliament vote approving a new fisheries plan for waters off western Europe will jeopardise restoring fish stocks to sustainable levels.

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    Commission sends formal warning to Denmark for failing to properly control fisheries

    Environmental organisations ClientEarth and Our Fish have welcomed a decision by the European Commission to follow-up on infringement proceedings against Denmark for failing to properly control fishing practices.

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    EU fishing limits jeopardise 2020 sustainable fishing deadline

    Overfishing remains a key concern for Europe’s seas, after EU fishing ministers again set fishing quotas that disregard scientific advice and the law.

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    No time for further delays in meeting 2020 sustainability deadline

    In less than a week, fisheries ministers from across the European Union will head to Brussels to set next year’s catch limits for fish stocks in the Northeast Atlantic and North Sea.

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    Sustainable fishing at risk after catastrophic European Union vote

    The health of Europe’s fisheries in the north-east Atlantic is at stake after a European Parliament committee decided today to postpone the recovery of fish stocks in that area.

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    Brexit documents highlight the holes for environment in no-deal scenario

    Legal experts from environmental law charity ClientEarth warn that documents released yesterday detailing the government’s contingencies for a no-deal Brexit scenario reveal departments worryingly underprepared to maintain promised environmental protections.

  • “Shocking” lack of effort from EU Member States to protect marine environment revealed

    ClientEarth lawyers have applauded a new report that highlights the lack of effort from several EU Member States in protecting the marine environment from pollution, biodiversity loss and unsustainable fishing.

  • EU fisheries fund should only support sustainable measures

    Speaking to the European Parliament, ClientEarth lawyer Flaminia Tacconi said that EMFF should only support measures that contribute to economically self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable fisheries.

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    European Parliament rejects rubberstamping flawed fisheries management in North Sea protected areas

    ClientEarth has applauded a European Parliament decision to throw out fishing measures that risked vulnerable marine life and ecosystems in protected areas of the North Sea.

  • EU fund proposal would artificially keep unsustainable fisheries afloat

    ClientEarth lawyers have criticised the newly released European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) proposal for continuing heavy subsidies for both environmentally and economically unsustainable fishing.

  • Enforcement must be part of new EU proposal to target illegal fishing

    ClientEarth lawyers are calling for greater enforcement of sanctions against illegal fishing, following the release of the European Commission’s new fisheries control proposal.

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    North Sea agreement makes a mockery of EU fisheries law

    EU fisheries will suffer a huge blow as the European Parliament voted today to approve the proposed North Sea multi-annual plan.

  • Transparency is essential to assess if fisheries control laws are effectively implemented across the EU

    ClientEarth has filed two complaints against the European Commission to the European Ombudsman, asking for information on the implementation of the EU Fisheries Control Regulation.

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    Huge blow for EU seas as MEPs back disastrous technical measures

    New fishing rules debated today in the European Parliament would be disastrous for fishing in the EU, because their lack of targets undermine efforts to make fisheries sustainable.  

  • 2018 fishing quotas set too high for herring and whiting as ministers continue to ignore science

    Overfishing remains a serious threat to European seas and to industry, as EU ministers once again set many quotas with little regard for science or the law.

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    Huge blow for EU seas as MEPs back disastrous new fisheries rules

    New fishing rules proposed today by MEPs are a huge blow to sustainable fishing in the EU, because of their total lack of concrete targets and legal deadlines.

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    Commission’s 2018 fishing quotas risk missing legal sustainability deadline

    Many of the Commission’s proposed 2018 Northeast Atlantic fishing quotas move in the right direction, but the EU is still likely to miss 2020 deadline for sustainable fishing.

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    Half-hearted sanctions against illegal fishing threaten Europe’s seas

    Countries across the EU are failing to punish illegal fishing activities and not enforcing fisheries laws properly, new research by ClientEarth finds today.

  • Close up of blue and white fishing net for story saying New North Sea fisheries management plan confirms sustainability is a top priority

    New North Sea fisheries management plan confirms sustainability is a top priority

    Fisheries in the North Sea received a boost today, as European Parliament voted for catches to be sustainable at all times under a new management plan.

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    Member states due to lose €10 million a year in EU funding for fisheries enforcement

    Member states are not using the money from the EU to enforce CFP rules, like ensuring that only the allowed quantities of fish are caught. The EU is now proposing to reallocate these funds.  

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    EU Committee vote risks continued overfishing in North Sea

    The success of the EU Common Fisheries Policy could be under threat after the European Parliament’s fisheries committee voted on a proposed new plan for the North Sea today.