The negotiations on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund are currently gathering speed. In a joint position paper, BirdLife Europe, Greenpeace, Oceana, OCEAN2012 and WWF are calling for a shift of funds away from subsidies that incentivise and support overfishing to funds that support sustainable fisheries and healthy marine ecosystems.

The negotiations on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund are currently gathering speed. In a joint position paper, BirdLife Europe, Greenpeace, Oceana, OCEAN2012 and WWF are calling for a shift of funds away from subsidies that incentivise and support overfishing to funds that support sustainable fisheries and healthy marine ecosystems.

The paper urges Member States and Members of the European Parliament to:

- at least double the amount of resources allocated to data collection and control and enforcement compared to the 2007 – 2013 financing period, and
- provide Member States with the flexibility to spend more but not less funding on data collection and control and enforcement measures.

Seas At Risk is a steering group member of OCEAN2012 - a coalition devoted to transforming European fisheries - and alongside the other environmental NGOs is working towards an EMFF which ensures that public funds are only used to finance activities which are in the public interest.

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