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Joan Edwards is the Head of Living Seas at The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

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The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

Posted: Thursday 24th October 2013 by LivingSeas

Good news on fishery subsidies

Yesterday, the European Parliament voted on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), the fund that will help implement the revised Common Fisheries Policy.  Over the past few weeks, many of you have been lobbying your local MEPs to vote for the good elements in the EMFF and against the most worrying ones.

Thanks to you, this public pressure has been effective and the result of the voting was generally positive. Our major concern, the proposal to fund the construction of new vessels, was rejected and MEPs also voted to cap the amount of money that can be spent on fishing fleets. Significantly, they voted for a doubling of the funds for the collection of data, research and control. They also sent a strong message to Fisheries Ministers by voting for greater oversight by the European Commission of how the funds are used.  These were all actions we were lobbying MEPs to do.  Unfortunately, it’s not all positive!  MEPs voted to approve the replacement of engines and provide financial support to the fishing industry that may be capable of fuelling overfishing if not carefully controlled.

During the final negotiations on the EMFF, we will continue to push for decisions that prioritise rebuilding a healthy marine environment with space for wildlife.

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