Parliament to Vote on Agreements to Support Fish Stocks

19 April 2016, at 1:00am

EU - This week the European Parliament's fisheries committee is to vote on important agreements with Liberia and Mauritania and look at how to improve the situation in Mediterranean fisheries.

Overfishing continues to pose a threat to fish stocks throughout the world. In Europe the situation in the Mediterranean is proving problematic.

In 2013 424,993 tonnes of fish were caught and 96 per cent of bottom-living fish and 71 per cent of middle-water stocks such as sardine and anchovy are currently overfished.

However, the success of policies to overcome this issue in the Atlantic, where overfishing dropped from 86 per cent in 2009 to 41 per cent in 2014, shows there is still hope for the Mediterranean.

Parliament's role

Parliament also supports sustainable fishing. On 18 April the fisheries committee voted on a multiannual recovery plan for bluefin tuna in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, a sustainable fisheries partnership agreement between the EU and Liberia as well as an agreement with Mauritania on fishing opportunities and a financial contribution for four years.

In addition the fisheries committee holds a hearing on 19 April on fish stocks and the fishing industry in the Mediterranean. MEPs are to look at the factors that have affected stocks, such as pollution and climate change, and also examine the socio-economic aspects of the fisheries sector.