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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.
Publication // February 10, 2012
Overfishing is said to occur when fish are captured at a faster rate than they reproduce. This phenomenon has plagued European waters for decades, but has only recently come under public scrutiny. The enormously wasteful practice of discarding fish, sometimes throwing away five times more fish than are landed at port, has sparked public outrage. Yet this is but one part of a worrying trend in the marine world. Some fish stocks have been fished to the brink of collapse. Some catches are but a shadow of their former selves. More
Publication // October 6, 2011
Fish are a public good, owned by everybody. They are also valuable to the country, to its economy, society and environment. Ensuring that society actually benefits and continues to benefit from fishing should duly be at the heart of management.More
Publication // July 31, 2011
Each year millions of fish are discarded in European waters, an environmental tragedy that does nothing to help the struggling fishing industry or the fish populations upon which they depend. In one species studied in this report, cod living in the North Sea, Eastern Channel, and Skagerrak, almost 7.5 billion cod have been discarded since 1963; that’s a staggering 1.4 for every cod landed. In cold, hard cash, this adds up to £2.7 billion lost at sea. We can ill afford to squander our environmental and economic wealth; especially given the current economic climate. More