The CFP reform is an opportunity to restore our ecosystems and rebuild European fisheries that are environmentally sustainable, and socially and economically viable.
In 2012 MEDASSET joined OCEAN2012: a coalition of 166 organizations across Europe dedicated to transforming European Fisheries Policy to stop overfishing, end destructive fishing practices and deliver fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks
OCEAN2012's VISION FOR A RADICAL REFORM:
"We stand for a CFP reform that:
- recovers the well‐being of our seas and dependent fishing communities;
- ends overfishing and makes the shift towards environmentally sustainable fishing practices, regardless of whether vessels fish within or outside the EU;
- respects scientific advice and the limits of the ecosystem;
- applies precautionary and ecosystem‐based fisheries management;
- delivers fair and equitable use of marine resources;
- can supply Europe’s consumers with a rich variety of locally‐caught fish now and into the future; and
- uses public funds as part of the solution and not as a driver of overfishing."
In particular, OCEAN2012 supports a discard ban to discourage bycatch in the first place. Fishermen receive compensation, equal to a small proportion of the bycatch’s market value, in order to avoid profiting from discards of unwanted or unsustainable catches, while still shunning unnecessary wastage of marketable fish. Additionally, technical fixes (turtle exclusion devices, circle hooks, etc.) and better bycatch policy can reduce the amount of unwanted catches hauled up from the ocean in the first place. A discard ban would also drastically improve scientists’ ability to track our oceans’ health, with a reliable record of fisheries impact on populations and ecosystems.
For more information on this coalition’s actions within CFP reform, please visit OCEAN2012.
Politicians are responsible for making the decisions that will end overfishing; citizens have the responsibility to encourage and support them in making these decisions. European Fish Weeks is your opportunity to have your say. EU fisheries can be fixed and you can be part of the solution. Make your voice heard by getting involved in Fish Weeks activities near you. Events are listed in our events section (on a Google map).
You can also organise your own event and create a human fish shape to end overfishing. For some creative ideas on what to do, download the fish shape and description.
Check our news section for events organised by MEDASSET.