Common Fisheries Policy archive

  • boat in the sunset

    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.

  • water dock

    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.

  • London traffic westminster

    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.

  • north-sea

    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.

  • fish monger

    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.

  • fishing hook on sea

    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.

  • sunset over the sea for story saying huge blow for EU seas as MEPs back disastrous technical measures

    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.

  • Fishing boat at sunset for story saying Commission 2018 fishing quotas risk missing legal sustainability deadline

    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.

  • yellow and green flowers with fishing boat on sea

    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.

  • fish in net

    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.

  • EU lawmakers could introduce overfishing by the back door…and the footnote

    In fewer than three years, all fishing in waters around the European Union will have to take place at sustainable levels. But will this happen?

  • Blue fishing rope for story saying UK withdrawal from share waters agreement could be disastrous for fishing industry

    Withdrawal from shared waters agreement leaves questions for future of UK fisheries

    The UK has announced it is pulling out of an agreement that lets foreign boats fish in UK waters. This could be disastrous for the UK fishing industry.

  • Fishing boat photo for story saying More must be done to catch and punish fisheries law breaking – EU auditors

    More must be done to catch and punish fisheries law breakers – EU auditors

    Controlling and sanctioning EU fisheries lawbreaking has improved over the last decade – but more must be done, EU auditors said today.

  • seabird in midflight with sea in background

    EU rules need to protect sensitive marine species and habitats

    New rules governing fishing must be in line with EU environment laws to protect sensitive marine species and habitats.

  • yellow buoy on sea for story saying Commission warns lack of enforcement is undermining EU fisheries law

    Commission warns lack of enforcement is undermining EU fisheries law

    Sanctions for fishing violations are inconsistent and toothless, according to a major report released today by the European Commission.

  • fishing boats in Martinique

    MEPs urged to vote against allowing the use of fishing subsidies to expand fishing fleets

    ClientEarth has joined over 100 environmental organisations in writing to members of the European Parliament (MEPs), urging them to vote to maintain the ban on subsidies for the construction of new fishing vessels.