Most EU fish stocks are now overfished, many of them below safe biological limits. It was not always like this. In the recent past, stocks were healthier and fishing communities were wealthier, with more fish, boats, fishers and communities dependent on fisheries in Europe.
During this week of action, OCEAN2012 member groups are inviting EU citizens to witness the impact overfishing has had on the marine environment and learn how the EU’s CFP reform is an opportunity to go back to the future.
“During European Fish Week, we will be collecting stories and evidence of the past richness of our seas and fishing communities and telling Richard Benyon, Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries, that we want it back,” said Ian Campbell, OCEAN2012 UK co-ordinator at nef (the new economics foundation).
“The story of fishing in Europe to date is a tragic tale of overexploitation of the seas that has reduced their abundance and productivity and weakened the fishing communities dependent on them. The current process to reform the Common Fisheries Policy could reverse this trend and ensure a sustainable future for fishing communities across Europe.”
European Fish Week runs from the 4th to the 12th June.
When: 2nd June – 31st July
Where: ZSL London Zoo Aquarium
Cost: From £13.70. Discounts apply for group tickets purchased online and for groups of 10 or more. Children under three years are free.