Angling Trust Input Into The 2012 Reform of The EU Common Fisheries Policy
A clear and undeniable need exists for the current EU Common Fisheries Policy to be fundamentally reformed. Commentators, politicians and scientists all widely agree that, since its inception, the CFP has failed to deliver on its environmental, social and economic objectives. Its industry centric approach, which has focused on sustaining a commercial fishing industry in Europe, has depleted European fish stocks to historically low levels with over 70 per cent of European fish stocks now being fully exploited or over-fished.
The priority for reform of the CFP should be the restoration of Europe’s publically-owned fish stocks for the benefit of society as a whole. Sea anglers are direct user stakeholders of our marine fish resources which, in turn, are directly affected by the decisions made through the Common Fisheries Policy.
The sea angling sector across Europe is becoming increasingly affected by the common fisheries policy; while at the same time not being recognised as a valid stakeholder in the management of Europe's fish stocks, thereby having no influence over its direction or outcomes.
The EU commission has identified five key areas for reform of the CFP (click on them for more details).
Transferable Fishing Concessions
The Directors of the fisheries ministries will meet in Brussels on May 30th 2012 to discuss some final issues before the Ministers meet on June 12th to adopt a Council position – then the focus moves to the European Parliament and its CFP report.
European Parliament timescale:
- Deadline for amendments: June 18th 2012
- Exchange of views on the amendments: September 16th 2012
- Vote in Committee: October 9th 2012
- Vote in plenary: November 2012
More information on the Angling Trust's input into the reform of the CFP can be downloaded below.