Indifference aplenty

Last Updated: Saturday 04 July 2015

EVEN as fish catches across the world continue to decrease, in the European Union (EU), no great effort seems to be put into conserving the species. A concerned Emma Bonino, the EU fisheries commissioner, had proposed that a 40 per cent decrease in fish catches be observed, but this has not gone well with the EU countries. A compromise solution proposed by Ireland at a recent meet in Brussels calls for cuts of only 20 per cent.

This effectively dilutes the European Commission's plans to reduce catches and will also have no bearing whatsoever on reducing the number of fleets. The Irish proposal is selective on reduction of fish catches. For instance, the 20 per cent cut will include fish such as mackerel and herring in the North Sea and hake near the Iberian peninsula. A 15 per cent reduction will apply to species such as haddock inhabiting the- seas near Denmark. For fish such as plaice in the Irish sea, there will be no increase in the fishing catches. EU countries also need not reduce their fleets; instead, they can opt for other measures to reduce the amount of fish catches by using smaller nets or cutting down on time at sea.

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