Failures of the Common Fisheries Policy

TrawlersFisheries management systematically ignores scientific advice and this goes against the principles of ecological sustainability and maintenance of exploitable stocks, which constitute the general objectives of the fisheries policy.

EU countries have not shown the political will necessary to ensure compliance with CFP regulations. This favours the frequent illegalities committed by the sector both in terms of catch and the invasion of closed areas and seasons, both of which are inadequately controlled. We find ourselves in a position that requires immediate changes in terms of management.

The overcapacity of the fleet is one of the main problems and is fostered by fisheries policies that allocate European funds for the modernisation and construction of new vessels to improve the situation of the sector, while generating unsustainable pressure on the fishing grounds.