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Tuesday, 29th October 2013

Unknown Waters

Source: New Economics Foundation

From Executive Summary:

Imagine if European waters had enough fish to feed an additional 160 million EU citizens; if our fishing industry yielded an additional revenue of €3.2 billion each year and created up to 100,000 new jobs. This could be a reality if we let fish stocks grow to their maximum sustainable yield (MSY) by setting appropriate catch quotas. The sooner fish stocks are returned to sustainable levels the sooner these benefits can be realised.

The newly approved Common Fisheries Policy aims to restore fish stocks and make European fisheries sustainable and profitable once more. But this can only be done with adequate data on fish stocks and the proper enforcement of laws that prevent overfishing...

Current funding for data collection, control and enforcement is currently at just 1.5% of the value of landings. Tripling this amount to €302 million annually would be a small investment given the additional gains in jobs and food supplies. For every €1 invested in data collection, control and enforcement, there is a potential return of €10. What’s more, industry stakeholders support the idea of communal measures, with some calling for better coordination of data collection....

Accurate information on the available fish stock biomass in EU waters enables appropriate catch quotas to be set. Unfortunately, the health of much of the EU fish stock is unknown. In the North East Atlantic less than half of the fish stock by gross tonnage has been assessed. In the Mediterranean and Black Sea this number falls to less than a quarter.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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