20 Feb '12, 5pm

Common sense thrown overboard by European fisheries ministries.

Common sense thrown overboard by European fisheries ministries.

In the same way that discarding perfecting good fish, dead or dying back into sea is a disgrace, so is the attitude of many European fisheries ministers charged with ensuring sustainable fish stocks and viable fishing communities. For years they have ignored the obvious: that if they negotiated policies that allowed fish stocks to recover and championed low impact fishing, they would create more jobs. A new report published recently backs this up, by calculating that restoring 43 fish stocks in Europe to sustainable levels would increase profits in the fishing industry to the tune of over €3 billion a year and would create 100,000 new jobs. For the past few decades, fisheries ministers have been more akin to ‘fishermen’s ministers’, more concerned with keeping fishermen in their jobs and money in their pockets than looking after the long term sustainability of fish stocks....

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/oceans/common-sense-dis...

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