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RSPB disappointed by fisheries negotiations

Last modified: 13 June 2012

Waves, Islay

Responding to the EU Council’s negotiations on the future of the Common Fisheries Policy, the RSPB’s head of marine policy Euan Dunn said: “We have heard some of the right words this morning from the EU Council but these are worthless without ambitious binding targets to put things right. 

“Without these the aim of ending overfishing and banning discards will fall by the wayside as soon as politics and difficult decisions get in the way.

“There’s plenty more fish in the sea. Once that cliché may have rung true, but after three decades of mismanagement, Europe’s seas are now much more overfished than the waters of many developing countries to the detriment of fish stocks, the environment and people’s livelihoods.

“Europe’s finance ministers are learning the painful lesson that you can’t keep borrowing from what you don’t have; likewise their fisheries colleagues need to adopt a Common Fisheries Policy that stops plundering our fish stock capital before we have a meltdown of Europe’s seas as well as our banking system.”

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