27.10.2021 – 03:00
Deutsche Umwelthilfe eV
- DUH and other fishing organizations are calling for the distribution of catches to be redesigned according to ecological criteria
- Article 17 of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy enables sustainable change and must now be implemented
- Several fish populations in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea in extremely poor condition due to high fishing quotas for years and the biodiversity and climate crisis
At least since the EU member states recently had to set fishing bans due to the extremely poor condition of some fish populations in the Baltic Sea, one thing has been clear: fishing in Europe must become sustainable. The Our Fish initiative and Low Impacts Fishers of Europe (LIFE) have presented a catalog of criteria for this purpose. The poor condition of, for example, herring, cod and salmon require a rapid restructuring of the industry towards an environmentally friendly, low-carbon and socially just fishery. That is why the German Environmental Aid (DUH) demands that Article 17 of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) of the European Union, which was introduced for this purpose, is now applied as quickly as possible in all EU member states.
“What is currently lacking in the European Union is, above all, the political will and clear procedures to implement the common fisheries policy “, says Sascha Müller-Kraenner, federal manager of the DUH. “Article 17 gives fishermen who use environmentally friendly and sustainable fishing methods the first access to fishery resources. Environmentally harmful fishing methods such as bottom trawls, on the other hand, can be ruled out In a bad condition that they can no longer be used for fishing, we therefore call on Germany to finally apply Article 17 and to take ecological criteria into account when allocating fishing quotas.”
In the current preparation of the “Action Plan for the Conservation of Fisheries Resources”, the European Union must press ahead with the implementation of Article 17 and initiate the reallocation of fishing quotas.
Rebecca Hubbard, Program Director at Our Fish: “Healthy marine ecosystems are vital for humankind in times of climate and biodiversity crisis. The EU Common Fisheries Policy contains the tools that can transform EU fisheries, minimize impacts on protected species and marine ecosystems, and increase carbon storage.” social benefits for coastal communities maximized. “
“For many years, the mechanisms used by Member States to allocate their fishing quotas have resulted in fishing opportunities being concentrated in the hands of a few big players, to the detriment of small, environmentally friendly fishermen and the marine environment”, criticizes Brian O’Riordan, Executive Secretary of Low Impact Fishers of Europe. “The current system is inadequate because it rewards those who fish the most. What we need is a system that rewards those who fish most sustainably and bring the greatest benefit to society.”
For the implementation of Article 17 of the CFP, transparent and objective criteria are required, which must be of a social, economic and ecological nature. The report now published states that the EU can achieve a fair transition to environmentally friendly and low-carbon fishing if it implements the said article. To achieve this goal, the report proposes criteria and procedures that can be used by the European Commission and EU Member States. The proposed ecological criteria can, for example, take into account the impact of fishing on the seabed and the level of carbon emissions from fishing vessels in the transport, processing and sale of seafood. There are also social and economic criteria: the number of direct and indirect employees and the profitability of the fleet segment without financial support from national governments or the EU are two examples.
About Our Fish:
The Our Fish initiative aims to ensure that EU member states implement the CFP and ensure sustainable fish stocks in European waters. The DUH coordinates this work in Germany.
LIFE is an umbrella organization made by fishermen for fishermen. The organization sees itself as representing the interests of the previously mostly silent European coastal fishermen who use fishing gear and methods with little impact. The aim is therefore to offer them effective representation in Brussels and at Member State level.
Report from DUH, Our Fish and LIFE: http://l.duh.de/p211026a
Sascha Müller-Kraenner, Federal Managing Director DUH
0160 90354509, [email protected]
Rebecca Hubbard, Programmdirektorin Our Fish
+34 657669425, [email protected]
Brian O’Riordan, Exekutivsekretär, Low Impact Fishers of Europe
+32 26525201, [email protected]
Katja Hockun, Project Manager Marine Nature Conservation DUH
030 2400867-895, [email protected]
030 2400867-20, [email protected]
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