The European Commission has delivered its first progress report on maritime policy, two years after its launch.

The aim of integrated maritime policy is to get many of the different bodies responsible for the different elements involved in maritime policy to cooperate.

The European Commission has delivered its first progress report on maritime policy, two years after its launch.

The aim of integrated maritime policy is to get many of the different bodies responsible for the different elements involved in maritime policy to cooperate.

In a separate initiative, the commission has also proposed new fishing quotas for 2010, based on the quantities of fish scientists believe can be caught without causing permanent damage to fish populations.

The fish most at risk are cod, herring and anchovies – in 2008 a greater proportion of cod stocks was caught than in any other year since 1999.

“There will always be the few lone voices of discontent and of short-termism, advocating catching just a little more right now, and putting off sustainability for another year. This must not be how we proceed,” explains Joe Borg.

Seas At Risk sent its own assessment of the maritime policy to the European Commission.

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