While European ministers have followed the science for setting most of the 2018 fishing limits, they must do more: Under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policies, Member States are legally bound to end overfishing by 2020 to maintain sustainable fisheries.
There is a great deal of variation within the region towards that goal. Overfishing in the Mediterranean Sea, for example, is far more extensive than in the northeast Atlantic Ocean. In northern Europe, some areas are doing better than others in sticking to the advice of scientists when setting catch limits. Pew’s work is focused on reducing that disparity and bringing all EU fisheries management in line with scientific advice. In doing so, the EU would set a positive example for other governments and help ensure the future sustainability of fisheries in northwestern Europe and beyond.
To support effective implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy, we are working to ensure that overfishing ends in Europe’s northwestern waters by advocating that EU decision-makers: