OCEAN2012, the European coalition group, have handed over 28,500 signatures to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, calling on her to prioritise the health of the marine environment in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

OCEAN2012, the European coalition group, have handed over 28,500 signatures to Commissioner Maria Damanaki, calling on her to prioritise the health of the marine environment in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

OCEAN2012, of whom Seas At Risk are a founding and steering group member, is calling on the reform of the CFP to enshrine environmental sustainability as its overarching principle, without which social and economic sustainability cannot be achieved.

Under the motto “Environment first – for people’s sake”, the coalition group proposed to European Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Commissioner Damanaki – who was presented with a card voicing the opinions of the signatories – that access to fishery resources must be based on a set of transparent criteria for sustainable fishing, which must include:

• More selective fishing methods, gears and practices that reduce unintentional catches of non-target species and lessen the impact on the marine environment;
• Vessels and fishing methods that consume less energy per tonne of fish caught;
• Working conditions that comply with relevant international standards, particularly the 2007 International Labour Organization Work in Fishing Convention; and
• A good record of compliance with the rules of the CFP.

OCEAN2012 is a European coalition campaigning to stop overfishing and destructive fishing practices in Europe. Its steering group is made up of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Ecologistas en Acción, the Fisheries Secretariat, NEF, the Pew Environment Group and Seas At Risk.

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