Key recommendations for the European Commission’s Action plan to conserve fisheries resources and protect marine ecosystems
The ocean is key to tackling the climate and biodiversity emergencies Life on Earth depends on the ocean: no matter where you are, you depend on the ocean and its unique and rich biodiversity for the production of oxygen, food, energy, and the enormous amount of heat and carbon it absorbs. Yet, as United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says, ‘Humanity has waged war on nature and making peace with nature is the defining task of the 21st century […] This is an epic policy test. But ultimately, this is a moral test’. None of the European seas are healthy , and fishing remains the biggest driver of marine biodiversity loss. The 2030 EU Biodiversity Strategy includes a commitment to develop, by 2021, an Action Plan to conserve fisheries resources and protect marine ecosystems, with a focus on limiting the use of fishing gear most harmful to ocean biodiversity, especially on the seabed.
Contine reading: Realising the ambition of the EU Biodiversity Strategy in the ocean (pdf)