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10 demands in the EU Common Fisheries Policy reform 2012-2013

What the Greens want


Marine resources are a public good, not a private resource. The right to exploit those resources, therefore, should be allocated according to criteria that ensure that fishing contributes as far as possible to the public interest. Greens propose that the allocation of the right to fish should be based upon criteria rather than market forces – specifically, on the environmental and social aspects of the fishing. Fishermen should be required to demonstrate that their fishing operations do not damage the marine environment and make significant contributions to coastal fishing communities. This view of who should have the right to fish colours Green demands and leads to the following.

The Greens want to:

  1. End overfishing by 2015

    With three of four European fish stocks for which information is available in a bad state – we have to act now. The EU must end overfishing by 2015 in order to rebuild stocks by 2020 to be kept above levels which can produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY). This is the only way to ensure a profitable fishing industry, no longer reliant on handouts of public money - with more fish in the sea, fishermen can fish less and earn more. In fish lingo: we want to achieve fishing mortality below Fmsy by 2015 in order to have biomass above Bmsy by 2020.

  2. Make environmental protection a prerequisite

  3. We must do things in the right order and prioritise protection of the environment. Only with more fish in the sea can we have socially and economically sustainable jobs for fishermen. Long term environmental goals must be prioritised over short term economic gains.

  4. End discarding – stop the dumping of fish

  5. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fish and other species are thrown back dead into the sea each year. This terrible waste has to end. We want a discard ban in the EU, so that no fish can be dumped in the sea and all fish landed must be deducted from the quota. This must be coupled with incentives for fishermen to avoid catching the unwanted marine species in the first place – for example by using more selective gear – as well as measures to prevent the creation of a parallel market for bycatch species. All this should be done within five years.

  6. Establish long-term management plans

  7. We want clear fishing control rules that make overfishing illegal and prevent quotas being set at levels greater than the scientific advice. To this end, binding, long term management plans must be established for all fisheries. With strict plans, ministers won't be able to play with fishing quotas and jeopardise the future of fisheries-dependent people.

  8. De-centralise decision making

  9. The targets and timelines shall be set at the EU level – but the ways to reach the goals shall be decided and implemented on a level closer to people dependent on fisheries and other stakeholders. Managers, fishermen, scientists, civil society and other stakeholders shall all participate in the process.

  10. Use public money for the transition of the fishing fleet

  11. We must put an end to subsidies that lead to overfishing. Funds should not be used for enhancing fleet capacity. Instead, public money should be used to help the transitioning into a sustainable fishing industry, for example by subsidising selective fishing gear, adopting less environmentally destructive fishing practices or measures of common interest such as control, data collection etc.

    Fishing less intensely than the effort needed to catch MSY will require short-term reduction in catches over a transitional period while fish stocks rebuild. During this transitional period, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund should provide money to help the fishermen such as for retraining or diversification of their business.

  12. Make everyone follow the rules

  13. There should be sanctions against Member States that do not fully respect their obligations under the Common Fisheries Policy, such as reporting complete data on fleet capacity and catches. Today too many Member States fail to respect their most basic obligations under the CFP and must be held to account.

  14. Stop the privatisation of the sea

  15. We do not support the Commission's proposal to make transferable fishing concessions (TFCs) mandatory for Member States. Mandatory TFCs would mean the privatisation of a public resource – the sea – which is not acceptable. Fish stocks are not private property.

  16. Give priority access to low-impact fishing vessels

  17. The right to fish should be allocated based on environmental and social criteria. We want to give prioritised access to those who fish in a way that is less damaging to the environment and creates more jobs. This means that fishing permits should not be granted based on historical catches, because that would reward those who have contributed most to overfishing. Fish stocks are public resources, and should be exploited in a way that benefits society as a whole.

  18. Fish responsibly in the rest of the world

  19. 28 percent of the fish caught by EU fishing vessels are taken outside EU waters. These vessels should operate under the same rules as vessels within the EU. In fisheries agreements with third countries, EU fishing vessels should only catch a surplus of stock that is not needed as food and livelihood for the local population. Ship-owners should pay themselves for their fishing licenses.

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    Los recursos marinos son un bien público, no un recurso privado. Por lo tanto, el derecho a explotar este bien común debe ser asignado de acuerdo a criterios que garanticen que la pesca contribuye al interés público. Los Verdes proponemos que la asignación de los derechos de pesca se base en criterios ambientales y sociales, dejando de lado el libre mercado. Los pescadores deberían demostrar que su actividad pesquera que no daña el medio ambiente marino y que contribuye de manera significativa a las comunidades costeras.

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    Els recursos marins són un bé públic, no un recurs privat. Per tant, el dret a explotar aquest bé comú ha de ser assignat d'acord a criteris que garanteixin que la pesca contribueix a l'interès públic. Els Verds proposem que l'assignació dels drets de pesca es basi en criteris ambientals i socials, deixant de banda el lliure mercat. Els pescadors haurien de demostrar que la seva activitat pesquera que no danya el medi ambient marí i que contribueix de manera significativa a les comunitats costaneres.

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    Οι θαλάσσιοι πόροι αποτελούν δημόσιο αγαθό, όχι ιδιωτικούς πόρους. Το δικαίωμα εκμετάλλευσης αυτών των πόρων πρέπει, συνεπώς, να κατανέμεται σύμφωνα με κριτήρια που διασφαλίζουν ότι η αλιεία συμβάλλει όσο το δυνατόν περισσότερο στο δημόσιο συμφέρον. Οι Πράσινοι προτείνουν να στηρίζεται η κατανομή του δικαιώματος αλίευσης σε κριτήρια και όχι σε δυνάμεις της αγοράς – συγκεκριμένα στις περιβαλλοντικές και κοινωνικές πτυχές της αλιείας. Οι αλιείς θα πρέπει να αποδεικνύουν ότι οι αλιευτικές τους δραστηριότητες δεν βλάπτουν το θαλάσσιο περιβάλλον και ότι συμβάλλουν σημαντικά στις παράκτιες αλιευτικές κοινότητες. Αυτή η άποψη σχετικά με το ποιος πρέπει να έχει δικαίωμα αλίευσης διαμορφώνει τα αιτήματα των Πρασίνων και οδηγεί στα ακόλουθα

    10 krav i reformen av EU:s fiskepolitik 2012–2013


    Havets rikedomar är inte privat egendom, utan en allmän resurs. Rätten att utnyttja dessa resurser ska därför tilldelas enligt kriterier som säkerställer att fisket bidrar till det allmänna bästa så långt det är möjligt. De gröna föreslår att rätten att fiska ska baseras på kriterier snarare än marknadskrafter – kriterier som tar hänsyn till fiskets miljömässiga och sociala aspekter. Fiskare måste kunna visa att deras fiske inte skadar havsmiljön och att de bidrar till kustsamhällenas bästa. Denna syn på vem som ska ha rätt att fiska färgar de krav vi driver i EU:s fiskereform.


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    Phone Brussels
    +32-2-2842849
    Phone Strasbourg
    +33-3-88174188

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    Phone Brussels
    +32-2-2842849
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    +33-3-88174188

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