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Deep-sea Fishing in Europe: High Environmental Costs, Minimal Economic Dependence

20 June 2013

Source: The Fish Site

The scale of economic dependence on deep-sea fisheries in Europe is low, according to new information presented by the European Commission during a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament in Brussels.

 “The latest report from the European Commission shows that deep-sea fisheries represent only 1.4 per cent of European catches in the North-East Atlantic, which points to a clear imbalance between the harm these fisheries cause to vulnerable species and ecosystems and their limited economic returns,” stated Xavier Pastor, executive director of Oceana in Europe.

Members of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) attending the parliamentary hearing have criticized the proceeding as a deliberate waste of time designed to derail the push for protection.

Mathew Gianni of the DSCC said: "This was a clear and determined attempt to delay the adoption of new legislation to protect deep sea habitats and ensure sustainable deep-sea fisheries. There is an urgent need for the European Parliament to get on with the job of drafting this legislation but the deep-sea trawl fishing industry’s supporters on the Fisheries Committee lead by Parliamentarians from France, Spain, the UK and Ireland attempted to halt it in its tracks. They have already caused one major delay and may try to do so again in the next few months but fortunately the Committee voted today to proceed without further delay to at least the next step in the process.”

The scale of economic dependence on deep-sea fisheries in Europe is low, according to new information presented by the European Commission during a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament in Brussels. - See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/20561/deepsea-fishing-in-europe-high-environmental-costs-minimal-economic-dependence#sthash.LkcOnFJr.dpuf

The scale of economic dependence on deep-sea fisheries in Europe is low, according to new information presented by the European Commission during a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Oceana values the contribution from the Commission, which further justifies measures that have been proposed for improving the sustainability of deep-sea fisheries in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, and contradicts exaggerated claims made by the fishing sector about the potential socioeconomic impacts of the proposed regulation.

“The latest report from the European Commission shows that deep-sea fisheries represent only 1.4 per cent of European catches in the North-East Atlantic, which points to a clear imbalance between the harm these fisheries cause to vulnerable species and ecosystems and their limited economic returns,” stated Xavier Pastor, executive director of Oceana in Europe.

- See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/20561/deepsea-fishing-in-europe-high-environmental-costs-minimal-economic-dependence#sthash.LkcOnFJr.dpuf

The scale of economic dependence on deep-sea fisheries in Europe is low, according to new information presented by the European Commission during a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Oceana values the contribution from the Commission, which further justifies measures that have been proposed for improving the sustainability of deep-sea fisheries in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, and contradicts exaggerated claims made by the fishing sector about the potential socioeconomic impacts of the proposed regulation.

“The latest report from the European Commission shows that deep-sea fisheries represent only 1.4 per cent of European catches in the North-East Atlantic, which points to a clear imbalance between the harm these fisheries cause to vulnerable species and ecosystems and their limited economic returns,” stated Xavier Pastor, executive director of Oceana in Europe.

- See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/20561/deepsea-fishing-in-europe-high-environmental-costs-minimal-economic-dependence#sthash.LkcOnFJr.dpuf
 

The scale of economic dependence on deep-sea fisheries in Europe is low, according to new information presented by the European Commission during a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Oceana values the contribution from the Commission, which further justifies measures that have been proposed for improving the sustainability of deep-sea fisheries in the North-East Atlantic Ocean, and contradicts exaggerated claims made by the fishing sector about the potential socioeconomic impacts of the proposed regulation.

“The latest report from the European Commission shows that deep-sea fisheries represent only 1.4 per cent of European catches in the North-East Atlantic, which points to a clear imbalance between the harm these fisheries cause to vulnerable species and ecosystems and their limited economic returns,” stated Xavier Pastor, executive director of Oceana in Europe.

- See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/20561/deepsea-fishing-in-europe-high-environmental-costs-minimal-economic-dependence#sthash.LkcOnFJr.dpuf
The scale of economic dependence on deep-sea fisheries in Europe is low, according to new information presented by the European Commission during a Fisheries Committee debate in the European Parliament in Brussels. - See more at: http://www.thefishsite.com/fishnews/20561/deepsea-fishing-in-europe-high-environmental-costs-minimal-economic-dependence#sthash.LkcOnFJr.dpuf
 

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