The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is launching a campaign for radical reforms of the EU’s common fisheries policy.
In its campaign “Fishing madness- 101 reasons why the CFP needs radical reform”, the WWF raises issues for European stakeholders to consider when debating the reform of the CFP:
- 40 out of the 60 main commercial fish stocks in the North East Atlanctic are heavily overfished;
- the EU’s fishing fleet is at least 40% overcapacity;
- EU subsidies to the fishing fleet amounts to € 1.4 billion a year, of which most goes to expanding capacity
- many fishing agreements with developing countries are not in line with EU’s development policy.
The main message from the WWF is: “Stop overfishing or fishing will be over”.