UN & EU reports find measures against overfishing & overcapacity insufficient

Two reports confirm: Yes, there is still overfishing in the world. And yes, the EU fleet still has overcapacity.

UN: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012
FAO’s latest flagship publication on the state of fisheries and aquaculture was launched 9 July at the opening of the 30th session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries.

According to the latest statistics available, almost 30 percent of these fish stocks are overexploited – a slight decrease from the previous two years, about 57 percent are fully exploited (i.e. at or very close to their maximum sustainable production), and only about 13 percent are non-fully exploited.

“Overexploitation not only causes negative ecological consequences, but it also reduces fish production, which leads to negative social and economic consequences,” the report says. “To increase the contribution of marine fisheries to the food security, economies and the well-being of coastal communities, effective management plans must be put in place to rebuild overexploited stocks”.

Download the report: The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2012

EU: Report on Member States’ efforts to reduce overcapacity
A new report on member states’ efforts to balance fishing capacity with fishing opportunities published by the European Commission on 6 July supports calls for significant changes within EU fisheries policy. It confirms the very slow pace at which the EU fishing fleet continues to decrease in size.

All Member States have kept fleet capacity within the allowed capacity ceilings. However, according to the Commission, these capacity ceilings do not impose sufficient restrictions to help reduce overcapacity.

Download the report: Annual report on Member States’ efforts during 2010 to achieve a sustainable balance between fishing capacity and fishing opportunities

Related articles:
2010 edition of the SOFIA report
Review of the state of world marine fishery resources 2012

Axel Naver

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