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article imageEU moves to curtail overfishing

By Tim Sandle     Oct 26, 2013 in Environment
The European Parliament has agreed to fund a project that aims to curtail overfishing. At the same time the body rejected a proposal designed to fund the construction of new fishing boats.
With the concern about overfishing of European waters at the forefront, the European Parliament has taken a step to reduce the amount of fishing permitted in Europe waters. The legislators have agreed to a plan to monitor fish populations and enforce conservation regulations. Europe has complex fishing rules, with different quotas applied to different member states.
At the same session, a proposal to heavily subsidize the continent’s commercial marine fishing fleet was rejected. The vote blocked a proposal for a €6.5 million ($8.9 million) budget to fund the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy through 2020. The argument which swayed the vote was that the European fishing fleet is two or three times larger than is ecologically sound.
The fishing industry was, however, granted some funding to fit older boats with new engines.
Commenting on the outcome, Saskia Richartz, EU fisheries policy director for Greenpeace, said: "This can help make sustainable EU fisheries a reality, as long as governments follow the direction that parliament set."
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