EU Fisheries Council and European Parliament Reach Agreement on Future of EU Fisheries Subsidies
“However, the deal includes subsidies for fishing vessel engine replacement which may increase the capacity of vessels. It also includes subsidies for the temporary cessation of fishing. Rather than contributing to ending overfishing this has the effect of merely pausing it. With this agreement it is now up to member states to choose what they allocate funding to and how ambitious they want to be implementing the reformed Common Fisheries Policy and ending EU overfishing,” said Anastasia Miliou, OCEAN2012 network coordinator for Greece and Cyprus.
For further information on this issue, please see the following resources:
- Report by the new economics foundation on the economic benefits of prioritising investment in fisheries subsidies in data collection and control and enforcement, http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/eu-waters-are-already-overfished-why-would-we-spend-1.6bn-on-new-boats.
- Two hundred scientists call on the European Parliament to end subsidies that fuel overfishing, http://oceana.org/en/eu/media-reports/press-releases/200-scientists-urge-eu-parliament-to-invest-in-rebuilding-fish-stocks.
- Debunking the myths of fisheries subsidies, http://www.ocean2012.eu/publications/102-where-s-the-evidence-debunking-the.
- Photo gallery and infographics, http://ocean2012.eu/pages/109-press-gallery; videos, http://www.youtube.com/user/OCEAN2012EU.