EU – Eu Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, has delivered a speech during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg in the framework of a debate on MEP Romeva’s report on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
“A lot of energy has been devoted to combat overfishing in the context of the CFP reform in the last years, and rightly so. In fact, sustainability is the red line connecting CFP reform with this file. So, the Commission has continued vigorously enforcing the existing rules in EU waters. For instance, in March of this year, we reduced the Spanish quota for mackerel by 65.000 tonnes because of overfishing. In recent years, deficiencies in the control systems have also led to administrative enquiries and agreed action plans with Malta (2011), Spain (2012) and Latvia (May 2013),” said Ms Damanaki.