Written Declaration 17/2011 tabled by Fish For the Future members in April 2011.
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas fish represent part of the diversity of life and provide food for people across the world,
B. whereas EU fish stocks are in many cases at precariously low levels,
C. whereas Europe’s seas can support fish in much larger numbers, but whereas recovery is prevented by excessive fishing and policies that disregard local circumstances and promote the discarding of fish,
1. Calls on the Commission to adopt a long-term, regionally sensitive, science-led approach, and to introduce policies that promote sustainability, recognising that in some cases this may require a temporary reduction in the number of tonnes of fish caught;
2. Insists that the aim should be to ensure that our seas support fish stocks which are at least capable of delivering maximum sustainable yields, so as to secure a healthy fishing industry, benefit coastal regions across Europe and meet the needs of future generations;
3. Accepts that the EU has a global responsibility to promote sustainable fisheries and must ensure that its Fisheries Partnership Agreements fulfil the same criteria as those applicable to fisheries in EU waters;
4. Instructs its President to forward this declaration, together with the names of the signatories, to the Commission.