The European Union must Commit to Rebuilding Fish Stocks

Target: European Union Fisheries Ministers

Goal: Tell Europe it must comply with policy to rebuild weakened fish stocks.

Studies have shown that three-quarters of European fish stocks are overfished. In order to ensure a prosperous future for the fishing industry, catches must be reduced now. Unfortunately, the European Union is backsliding on commitments to sustainable fishing. Northern countries are more apt to comply with sustainability standards while southern countries such as Spain, Portugal, and France are more likely to want to protect fishermen’s short term interests which do not mesh with conservation of fish stocks. European Union fisheries ministers must commit to the Common Fisheries Policy, which is meant to conserve and rebuild fish stocks, before it is too late.

The Common Fisheries Policy, proposed by the European Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanski, is composed of three elements. The first is to restore all fish stocks to maximum sustainable yields by 2015. The second is to reduce and regulate the size of the European Union’s fishing fleet, and finally to eliminate the discarding of fish outside a boat’s quota. Several governments are opposed to reducing fleet size and the elimination of discarded fish, which would result in decentralized fleet management and waste, respectfully.

Environmentalists are concerned there is a lack of commitment to rebuilding fish stocks in Europe by 2015. In 2002 all governments worldwide vowed to restore fish stocks to sustainable population sizes by 2015 where possible. Some European governments are using the addendum ‘where possible’ to water down their commitments.

The reality is, without adherence to the Common Fisheries Policy, Europe will not have enough fish to sustain the fishing industry. By signing this petition, you are asking European Union fisheries ministers to preserve and commit to the Common Fisheries Policy to restore fish stocks.

PETITION LETTER

Dear European Union Fisheries Ministers,

The future of fishing in Europe is threatened by overfishing. Three-quarters of European fish stocks are overfished, which does not bode well for a prosperous future for the fishing industry. In order to ensure a future for fishing, catches must be reduced now. The Common Fisheries Policy is meant to stop overfishing and rebuild fish stocks. However, the European Union is backsliding on its commitments to sustainable fishing. All governments must make a commitment to adhere to the proposed policy in order to rebuild fish stocks before it is too late.

The Common Fisheries Policy, proposed by the European Fisheries Commissioner Maria Damanski, is composed of three elements. The first is to restore all fish stocks to maximum sustainable yields by 2015. The second is to reduce and regulate the size of the European Union’s fishing fleet, and finally to eliminate the discarding of fish outside a boat’s quota. Several governments are opposed to these proposed elements, worrying environmentalists who fear the effects non-compliance will have on fish stocks.

In 2002, all governments worldwide vowed to restore fish stocks to sustainable population sizes by 2015 where possible. Some European governments are using the addendum ‘where possible’ to water down their commitments.

The reality is, without adherence to the Common Fisheries Policy, Europe will not have enough fish to sustain the fishing industry. Please preserve and commit to the Common Fisheries Policy to restore fish stocks.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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