Beginning today, Europeans are eating somebody else’s fish

A new report reveals that starting July 3, the EU will be dependent on seafood from elsewhere, six days earlier than last year.

For the second year in a row, Ocean2012 and the new economics foundation release a report on Europe’s increasing dependence on fish from elsewhere.

According to the report, the real impact of EU overfishing on its own stocks, and thereby on the availability of fish in the market and on menus across Europe, is masked by imports. If the EU were to consume only fish from its waters, it would run out July 2, making it dependent on imports beginning July 3.

Individual EU member states became dependent on fish imports as follows: Portugal, April 26; Germany, April 27; Italy, April 30; Spain, May 8; France, June 13; and U.K., July 16 (projected).

Links:

Read the report: Fish Dependence – The Increasing Reliance of the EU on Fish From Elsewhere by nef.

El Día de Dependencia de Pescado – España

Le jour de dépendance à l’égard du poisson en France

Press release from Ocean2012

Previous reports:

A partir d’aujourd’hui, la France mange du poisson étranger (Le Monde, 13 juin)

España agotaría ahora su reserva de pescado propio para todo el año 2011 (El Mundo 7/5)

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