“Fast tracking the legislative process in this way is simply undemocratic, as the voice of Parliament, the chamber which represents all EU citizens, is left muted. We urge the PECH Committee to show far greater ambition in the final multiannual plan of its mandate, the Adriatic multiannual plan,” concluded Anne Cécile Dragon.
Today’s result signals that international industry interests trump efforts to adequately consider local issues and evidence, and disregards broader wishes to safeguard a healthy marine environment for future generations. The importance of scientific advice provided by international and independent bodies when determining fisheries management measures must urgently be more recognised and systematically taken into account by the EU. It is essential for developing more sustainable fishing practices and increasing transparency of fisheries, and critical to ensure that sustainability objectives are on track.
WWF will be looking to the new European Parliament in 2019 to be far more ambitious and to recognise the importance of sustainable practices for healthy seas and prosperous fishing communities in Europe. It calls on the PECH Committee to adopt texts in line with the goals of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, that are consistent with EU environmental legislation, and that secure environmentally and economically sustainable fisheries via healthy marine ecosystems.
Communications Assistant, Biodiversity