Origins of the EU Common Fisheries Policy

Commissioner Maria Damanaki will soon begins her tour of EU member states to sell the controversial EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform proposal coming up for review next year.

The Executive Director of Oceana in Europe, Xavier Pastor, shares his opinion on what is at stake and how bad the situation is:

“Fisheries policy has never been the type of issue that lives in the spotlight. Yet we now find ourselves at a time when what is at stake with the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) is nothing short of the future of European fisheries. European consumers eat nearly twice the fish that our oceans can provide, our over-subsidized fleet is too big, too powerful and not selective enough, and according to the Commission, 91 percent of fish stocks in Europe could be at risk in the next decade if nothing is done to reverse this trend”.

Anchor Lobster, the host of the Euro Fish TV Episode One video clip, explains what’s wrong with it at the moment and why it’s important that we get it right this time.

Euro Fish TV Episode One – The Origins of the EU Common Fisheries Policy

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