A group of coastal farmers and fisheries scientists are urging governments to put the Mediterranean at the top of the food chain list, calling for an expansion of the EU’s Mediterranean Fisheries Policy, and a plan to boost the EU-Turkey Fisheries Partnership (TFP).
The TFP was launched by the EU in 2011, in an attempt to promote fisheries conservation through sustainable development.
It aims to boost investment in fisheries and fisheries management and reduce the amount of sea surface debris in European waters, by reducing the amount and types of fish that are caught by trawlers.
However, it has not achieved much in the way of a dent in the amount or type of fish caught, and the EU has yet to implement its goal of reaching a catch-rate of 40,000 tonnes of fish per year, with a target of 90,000.
The EU has since introduced its own quota system for tuna and swordfish, and has said it will continue to look at a range of measures to support the Mediterranean’s fishing industry, including an expansion and extension of its Fisheries Conservation Plan.
This is why, as part of a recent roundtable discussion on the Mediterranean, the experts from the European Commission and the European Fisheries Agency (EFSA), along with the experts of the Atlantic Council of Ministers, are urging a rethink on the TFP.
We have a lot of concerns about its success and its implementation, and we know that the Mediterranean is one of the most important fisheries in Europe, said Peter J. Kastel, the president of the European Society of Marine Science (ESMS).
“We have to do something to support it.”
The experts say the TBP should focus on the management of the Mediterranean in terms of the conservation of the fish stocks and the reduction of the amount that is caught, as well as on the implementation of the policy and of the fisheries partnership, which has the potential to significantly reduce the volume of fish.
The experts also want the EU to take action to help support the fishing industry in Turkey and Italy, which are struggling with the effects of climate change, which have contributed to a rise in sea levels, and also in the southern and eastern Mediterranean.
They also say that the EU should implement measures to increase the size of the TMP, which would help the Mediterranean fishing industry achieve its goals.
“The EU needs to start implementing its goal to reach a catch rate of 40k tonnes of catch per year by 2020 and to increase this to 60k tonnes by 2020,” said Thomas H. Dufresne, a senior fisheries scientist with the European Space Agency (ESA), which is based in Paris.
“This will help the EU catch a lot more fish.”
“The TMP will be of great benefit to the Mediterranean economy,” said Hildegard Pohlmann, a fisheries biologist at the European University of Agricultural Sciences in Wageningen, who was not involved in the roundtable.
“I would like to see it implemented in Turkey, Italy, and France.
I think the EU needs it.”
According to Dufre, it is important to remember that the TTP has a certain amount of support from Turkey and the Mediterranean.
“Turkey has not given up its ambition to become a net importer of tuna and has been working on the development of a policy on tuna and shark fisheries,” he said.
“The TTP will be a step in that direction.
It will give the TPD an important boost.”
Kastel also welcomed the call to support a Mediterranean fishing policy, which he called “very important” in terms the sustainability of the fishery.
The fishermen group has called on the EU and Turkey to implement the TPP, which they say is a “must-have” for the EU.
“It will make a real difference in the Mediterranean,” said Dufrem.