The European Parliament Fisheries Committee voted last week on the multiannual management plan for demersal species in the North Sea. The outcome of the decision contained both negative and positive aspects.

In the run-up to the upcoming annual session of the International Seabed Authority, Seas At Risk challenges the governments of EU Member States that are actively supporting the development of deep sea mining to stop doing so and instead champion sustainable production and consumption.

To date, more than 100 fish stocks out of 153 are still being overfished in EU waters and the reduction of unwanted catches remains yet to be solved despite the attempts of regulation at EU level. According to the objectives of the Common Fisheries Policy, discarding and overfishing are practices that have to come to an end within the EU by 2019 and 2020 respectively. However, Seas At Risk doubts that these goals will be achieved within the deadlines.  Progress has been very slow and decisions have often been influenced by economic interests to the detriment of the environment.