Addressing the 7th North-Atlantic Fisheries Ministers Conference, Franz Fischler, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries stressed the need for fisheries managers to work together to find effective solutions to the problems experienced in fisheries world-wide.

Fischler cited the case of the blue whiting stock which is severely overexploited after years of overfishing as one of the cases where only cooperation among the parties concerned would ensure sustainability in this fishery.

Fischler also presented the Commission proposals for a substantial reform of the Common Fisheries Policy: “The current situation clearly demonstrates that the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has failed to deliver sustainability in European fisheries. It is not an exaggeration or mere rhetoric to say that only a deep reform of the CFP will secure the future of our fishermen and fish stocks. Our reform package aims to achieve sustainable ecological, economic and social fisheries in Europe. By bringing forward a social action plan for the fishermen concerned, we also live up to our social responsibility”.

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