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Fish are a renewable resource: if well managed they can provide endless benefits to society in the form of food, revenue and jobs. Unfortunately, around two-thirds of assessed EU stocks are now over-exploited, costing millions in lost revenue and jobs as well as causing huge ecological damage.NEF’s work on sustainable fishing, outlining the massive financial benefits of restoring fish stocks, is the perfect example of how sustainability makes good economic as well as environmental sense.
- Restoring 43 EU stocks would generate an additional 3.5 million tonnes more landed fish each year.
- This would lead to £2.7bn additional annual revenues and 100,000 new jobs.
- The UK fishing industry threw away £1bn-worth of cod as discards between 1963 and 2000.