Do not support overfishing in the EMFF

Next week (23 October) members of the European Parliament will on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

In an email circulated to all MEPs, the rapporteur Alain Cadec (France, EPP) asks for support for amendments to reintroduce subsidies for building new fishing vessels and modernising engines.

The Fish for the Future bureau has sent MEPs the following reply to Mr Cadec’s email:

Dear Colleague

At political group meetings this week we will consider the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) – the report from French PPE MEP Alain Cadec.

Last February, 502 MEPs voted IN FAVOUR of reforms to the Common Fisheries Policy that can give Europe a sustainable fisheries policy, restock the seas, and end discards.

Alain Cadec voted AGAINST.

The cross-party ‘Fish for the Future’ group welcomes his call now for sustainable fisheries but there are three issues of real concern.

First, the Cadec report would allow billions of euros to be spent on ‘fleet renewal’ (Article 32b), although we still have too many boats chasing too few fish. Spending public money in this way was stopped in 2002 because it made worse the problem of overfishing. The money can be used instead to strengthen the fishing industry and help ports in difficulty.

Second, the Cadec report would allow money also to go towards engine replacement (Article 39.1.a). But modern engines can do the job more effectively than old ones and so increase the catching capacity of the fishing fleet without creating any new jobs. Our aim should be to promote a sustainable fisheries policy with more fish in the sea and more money for fishermen – not to provide subsidies for a few.

Third, we need to put more money aside for data collection. We simply don’t know enough about the state of fish stocks – except that in some places they are in a very bad way.

The Parliament can unite behind many proposals in the Cadec report. But to support the reformed Common Fisheries Policy we need to make these changes.

With regards,
Christofer Fjellner (EPP)
Ole Christensen (S&D)
Nils Torvalds (ALDE)
Isabella Lövin (Greens)
Anna Rosbach (ECR)
Mikael Gustafsson (GUE/NGL)
BUREAU OF THE ‘FISH FOR THE FUTURE’ GROUP

Beginners’ Guide to the Reform of EU Fish Subsidies

On 30 May, the European Parliament and the EU Member States reached agreement on the main issues in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

One last regulation remains in the fisheries reform package: that governing the money. The fisheries committee in the European Parliament will vote on 10 July 2013 on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Fish For the Future is a cross-party group of MEPs who want to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks. We want public money to be used to help all fishermen – for example by improving data collection, supporting the transition to more selective fishing, and supporting fisheries dependent communities by adding more value to fisheries and by diversifying their activities into other maritime sectors. We do not want public money to be used to build new fishing vessels or other measures that increase fishing capacity.

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Beginners' Guide to the Reform of EU Fish Subsidies – Fish For the Future

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Beginners’ Guide to the Common Fisheries Policy

The EU fisheries policy may seem complicated, but it is actually pretty simple: we must fish less now so we can fish more tomorrow. The infographic below explains the Common Fisheries Policy in five minutes.

Important discussions are taking place in the European Parliament right now and there are divisions between MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) across all national delegations and political groups.

Fish For the Future is a cross-party group of MEPs who want to end overfishing and rebuild fish stocks. We are fighting against those who prefer the short term benefit of allowing fishermen to catch the last remaining fish over ensuring European fishermen a long term future.

Short term kindness will kill the fishing industry. Make your voice heard. Share our guide (easy sharing below the image) – and tell your MEP to support Fish For the Future.

Beginners' Guide to the Common Fisheries Policy – Fish For the Future

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“Our citizens will think MEPs are utterly mad”

FFF secretary Chris Davies (ALDE, UK) in plenary following the vote on Wednesday 12 September 2012 on the non-legislative Salavrakos report.

Fish for the Future principles – A fisheries policy for the future

Last year, MEPs from all political groups came together to form the ‘Fish for the Future’ group. It aims to secure the adoption of sustainable policies that can protect fish stocks and ensure a better future for the fishing industry.

The group has now drafted a document entitled ‘A fisheries policy for the future‘, which lays out the policy principles endorsed by the ‘Fish for the Future’ group.

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Sustainable Aquaculture in Europe – Market and Consumer perspectives. 9 May

Sustainable Aquaculture in Europe – Market and Consumer perspectives

Lunch debate
11.30-13.00, May 9, 2012,
European Parliament, Brussels, room A1E3

Programme
11.30-11.40 Welcome and introduction of topic and speakers
11.40-12.00 Consumer perspectives on the question of sustainability. Rodrigo Gouveia, Secretary-General European Community of Consumer Co-operatives
12.00-12.20 Retailers’ practices on sustainable aquaculture and fisheries products. EuroCommerce Marina Valverde, Food Policy and Consumers Adviser EuroCommerce
12.20-12.30 State of play and reactions from the Commission
12.30-13.00 Questions and discussion

Organised by Mikael Gustafsson GUE/NGL & Anna Rosbach ECR, Fish for the Future
Working Language English

ATTENDANCE IS FREE BUT SUBJECT TO REGISTRATION
For more information contact Camilla Mikkelsen +32 228 30 036, camilla.mikkelsen@europarl.europa.eu

Can EU fisheries agreements be fair and sustainable? – 29 February

LUNCH SEMINAR
The EU fisheries agreements and Policy Coherence for Development
– Can EU fisheries agreements be fair and sustainable?

Where: European Parliament, room ASP 5G3
When: 12:30 – 15:00, February 29, 2012

Interpretation in EN, ES and FR.

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EU fisheries agreements with developing countries have long been criticised for environmental and developmental reasons. But some say that it would be worse for the environment and for local communities if the agreements were abandoned. A revision of the fisheries agreements is currently taking place as a part of the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

At this seminar, leading experts from Europe and Africa, with different perspectives on the fisheries agreements, will present their views on the conditions which may render the agreements fair and sustainable. Organiser and moderator is MEP Isabella Lövin (Greens, Sweden), rapporteur in the Fisheries Committee of the so-called External Dimension of the CFP, which includes fisheries agreements.