Saving our Oceans
The directive aims at achieving good environmental status (GES) in the EU marine waters by 2020 at the latest and has the potential to be one of the most progressive pieces of marine legislation anywhere in the world.
WWF’s European Marine and Fisheries programme – which is currently being developed - will be embedded in the WWF global approach to marine and fisheries work. It is aiming at scaling up the work in Europe in order to address the major role Europe is playing globally in the trade and consumption of seafood (EU is the world's largest import market for fish products) as well as linking the CFP reform processes and current and future legislatory obligations regarding good ocean governance to the global picture.
Senior Marine & Fisheries Policy Officer
WWF European Policy Office,
+32 2 761 04 22
EU FISH FACTS & FIGURES
2/3 of Europe’s assessed fish stocks are overexploited
Europe’s fishing fleet is estimated to be 2 to 3 times the size needed to catch the available resources
The EU is the 4th largest producer of fish and aquaculture products in the world
The North Sea yields only 1/5th of the cod, plaice and sole it did 25 years ago
In the Mediterranean, over 90% of assessed stocks are overexploited
60% of fish consumed within the EU is caught abroad