ClientEarth and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) have merged science and law to produce a proposal driving wholesale, fundamental reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) with the ultimate goal of achieving ecologically sustainable fisheries. Their proposal is built on an ecosystems-based approach, the precautionary principle and the effective integration of environmental and fisheries considerations, and it introduces a new Fishing Credits System (FCS). The FCS gives fishers in defined (eco-)regions yearly ‘credits’ allowances which relate to most species likely to be impacted by fishing activity (including species normally discarded). It allocates them a specific number of credits which are weighted according to ecosystems criteria, such as the species’ vulnerability to overexploitation or the impact of the species’ removal on the food web. The proposal also involves a discard ban.
|Published||November 1, 2009|
|Found in||Common Fisheries PolicyOceans|