I recently wrote about the problems of overfishing and how it was causing real problems for European fishing fleets – in particular, because the EU Common Fisheries Policy and its quota system was failing to prevent a collapse in fish stocks.
I’m surprised, but relieved, to hear that EU fisheries ministers have now reached a consensus to scrap the annual quotas and to radically decentralise fisheries policy under the new CFP – giving more powers to individual member states and to the industry. According to the UK fisheries minister, Huw Irranca Davies, this should allow for a “longer term view informed by good regional science and management”.
If that gets us away from the current ludicrous situation – where for every kilogram of North Sea cod landed, another kilogram has to be dumped overboard dead or alive – then I’m all for it. Let’s hope it works out.
The Scottish Fishermen’s Federation are pleased, too:
BBC News: ‘Delight’ at EU fish quota moves