Law / Long-term / UK

EU overfishing deadline: missed. What now?

Posted On: 11 May 2021   |   Posted By: Client Earth

Almost a year after the EU missed its legal deadline to end overfishing, discussions on next year's fishing limits are about to kick-off. This means it is now crunch time for the EU and the UK to finally honour the commitment they made over six years ago to fish sustainably.
Ending overfishing by 2020 and restoring all fish stocks above healthy, productive levels was a cornerstone goal in the 2013 reform of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy - the main law regulating EU fisheries.
However, over six years have elapsed since then, and despite some long-term progress, the EU and its Member States have missed the deadline, leaving many stocks struggling far below sustainable levels.
This lack of commitment raises a broader issue: how much store does the EU set by its objectives and what must decision-makers do to ensure they are actually met?
Taking stock: the current state of play
In our new update report , we have taken stock of progress so far towards ending overfishing since 2015 - and the shortcomings...

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