LatestFunding Fish works with the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership to highlight the risks of failing to implement the Landing Obligation

At the recent Sustainable Fisheries Partnership European Forum & Trade Show Funding Fish organised a session titled "Challenges and Opportunities with the Landing Obligation”. Seafood retailers and processors attending the forum learnt how the failure by Member States to address the challenges of implementation and to properly enact the Common Fisheries Policy presents risks to their upstream supply chains.

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Latest The ocean plays a critical role in human health and the health of the planet.

  • It generates the oxygen we breathe.
  • It has absorbed over 90% of global warming.
  • It provides sustenance and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people.

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere (IPCC SROC) sets out clear evidence that the ocean is bearing the brunt of the climate crisis.

It shows that our planet’s life support system is crumbling and we must not only act immediately to cut CO2 emissions, we need to dramatically reduce the other major stresses on the ocean.

The scale of the pressure on the ocean is matched only by the opportunities for leadership in restoring the planet’s greatest source of life.

The EU can, and must:

  • End over-fishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Scientists say ending over-fishing will not only secure vital fish populations for the future, but constitute a significant climate emergency action. This can start with the EU AGRIFISH Council meeting in October.
  • Put in place a robust High Seas Treaty by the end of 2020.
  • Protect at least thirty percent of the ocean through implemented, highly and fully protected areas by the end of 2030.
  • Protect the deep ocean, through a precautionary pause on deep-sea mining.

Taking Action

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As commitment grows across Europe to comply with the law and implement fully documented fisheries we explore the challenges and the opportunities.

  • Europe has moved from a fisheries management system that counts fish brought ashore to counting fish brought on board the vessel (the legal requirement states catches “must count against quotas and be accurately documented for example by CCTV”). This new system of full catch accountability is a fundamental change.
  • In the past when a Member State exceeded their quota they had to pay it back, now with full catch accountability Member States are obliged to monitor their fleets and hence avoid exceeding it.
  • In addition seafood processors, retailers and consumers want to be confident their seafood is from sustainable, well managed stocks and legally compliant fisheries. While fully documented fisheries can play a role here ironically the lack of it risks making the fishing illegal as it is required by law.
  • As you can see this is complicated, however it also provides opportunities. This report (1.3mb PDF) looks at these issues in more detail, exploring the challenges and opportunities.
  • For more information on CCTV systems (Electronic Monitoring) see this video or a shorter version.