07 Dec '17, 6pm

10 Reasons the EU Must End Overfishing

On Dec. 11 and 12, the 28 ministers of the European Union's Agriculture and Fisheries Council meet in Brussels to decide on 2018 fishing quotas for stocks in the North-East Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Under the EU's Common Fisheries Policy , the council is legally bound to end overfishing "by 2015 where possible" and "at the latest by 2020." Still, ministers set 55 percent of 2017 fishing limits higher than the scientific advice. This month they have the power and responsibility to turn the tide—by setting 2018 quotas that end overfishing —so everyone can reap the benefits of sustainable fisheries. The 10 reasons detailed here underscore why it's so important that fisheries ministers lead on ending overfishing : 1. Fish stocks would be allowed to recover. Too many assessed stocks in EU waters remain outside safe biological limits. Ending overfishing would finally all...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/eu-overfishing-2515656330.html

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