Published on Undercurrent News, 15 November 2017: NGO urges Baltic states to comply with EU landing obligation

Compliance with the EU common fisheries policy’s landing obligation is almost non-existent in the Baltic Sea, according to a new report from an NGO.

The report urged EU states to immediately act on implementation of proven monitoring and enforcement programs, in order to end illegal and wasteful discarding.

The report, titled “Thrown Away: How Illegal Discarding in the Baltic Sea is Failing EU Fisheries and Citizens” was produced by campaign group Our Fish.

“By failing to properly implement the discard ban in the Baltic Sea, EU governments are jeopardizing the sustainability of fish stocks, undermining scientific advice, and perpetuating a waste of valuable resources. Not only does this limit the economic prosperity of the fishing industry, it exposes the EU seafood supply chain to unprecedented levels of illegal behavior,” Our Fish program director, Rebecca Hubbard, said.

The report can be downloaded here.

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