“The European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee approved a multi-annual plan (MAP) for the Baltic Sea on March 31 that could prove a significant step toward ending overfishing in EU waters.
This was a critical decision for establishing the principle that these plans should match the objectives set in the European Union’s recently reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Most importantly, the CFP seeks to restore and maintain fish populations above levels that can produce what is known as the maximum sustainable yield, the largest average catch that can be taken without affecting the long-term stability of the population. The version passed by the committee reversed an initial European Commission proposal for this MAP that fell well short of the CFP’s ambition to end EU overfishing.
Committee members also supported measures that would kick in as soon as fish stocks fell below the maximum sustainable yield biomass level. Such a provision is crucial to ensuring that stocks are restored and maintained at healthy levels able to deliver sustainable fishing. Unfortunately, the committee did not make clear that these objectives should apply to all stocks, including by-catch—non-target species caught by commercial fishing vessels.”
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Fonte: Pew Charitable Trusts – 17 de fevereiro de 2015