Joint UK NGO position on the Common Fisheries Policy

Joint UK NGO position on the Common Fisheries Policy
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New Economics Foundation
New Economics Foundation
Date of publication
13 July 2011
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Business and management
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This position statement by a group of UK-based NGOs calls for a reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The group of NGOs include WWF, Greenpeace, the RSPB, the Marine by Conservation Society (MCS), ClientEarth, the the new economics foundation (nef) and OCEAN2012  - a broad alliance of organisations, including development and environment organisations, divers, commercial and recreational fisher organisations as well as research institutions and aquariums. The new CFP must be is built on the following guiding principles:

  • Prioritise ecological sustainability.
  • Be integrated with other European marine and environmental policies, in particular the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the Habitats and Birds Directives and the Water Framework Directive.
  • Require the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management in all fisheries management scenarios/contexts.
  • Ensure achievement of at least Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) by 2015.
  • Be an evidence-led policy.
  • Address the issue of overcapacity.
  • End the wasteful practice of discarding and minimise by-catch.
  • Establish a new way to distribute access to fishery resources that is fair and encourages low environmental-impact fishing.
  • Recognise that small scale operators are an important part of the European fishing community.
  • Apply the same principles to all fishing activities undertaken by EU vessels/nationals.
  • Strengthen transparency and participation, both in the treatment of data and in the decision-making process.
  • Ensure that future funding is based on new priorities and criteria.

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