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Commissioner Sinkevičius: First months have been extremely challenging for fisheries

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 18, 2020
The Commission has published its yearly Communication on the progress of management of fish stocks in the EU.
Virginijus Sinkevičius
Commissioner   Virginijus Sinkevičius
Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius, responsible for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “The first months of this year have been extremely challenging for the fisheries sector, but we have supported them across the EU.

Topics: Fisheries

“Sustainable fisheries, delivered through the Common Fisheries Policy, are necessary for increasing resilience and delivering the European Green Deal, in particular the recent Farm-to-Fork and EU Biodiversity Strategies.

“Fisheries management in the EU has brought us good news we now have 50% more fish in the North East Atlantic seas than in 2003.

“Figures also show that the large fleet segments have become very profitable over the last years and bring increases in salaries.

“Challenges, however, remain, for example, we need to intensify our efforts to eliminate discards.

“I am counting on everyone to make an effort Members States, industry and stakeholders.

“We must deliver what we have set out to achieve.”

The 2020 Communication shows that fishing in the Northeast Atlantic has steadily become more sustainable resulting in a more abundant stock.