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‘Ground-breaking' progress for European fisheries

6 February 2013

Responding to the overwhelmingly positive vote (502 in favour, 137 against) today in the European Parliament to strengthen the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), Helen McLachlan, Fisheries Programme Manager at WWF-UK said:

“This is a ground-breaking result for the future of fisheries across Europe and beyond. This vote reflects the views of the hundreds of thousands of members of the public, industry and fishermen themselves who campaigned to ensure the long term stability of fish stocks. It is now up to Fisheries Ministers to show the same determination and commitment to deliver the healthy fisheries and marine environment that Europe needs and deserves. This includes better management, an end to discards and a return to healthy stock levels while minimising the impact on the marine environment. In doing so we will see not just the recovery of fish stocks but Europe’s fisheries economy.”


Notes to Editors

[1] For further information on WWF’s CFP campaign go tohttp://www.wwf.org.uk/morefish

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