Ocean Defenders call for an end to EU overfishing
As EU Fisheries Ministers gather today in Brussels to set fishing levels for the North East Atlantic for 2020, 13-year-old Farrah Delrue and 10-year-old Josephine Seton – representing current and future generations – presented European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevičius, and Minister Jari Leppa representing the Finnish Presidency of the Council, with more than half a million signatures from EU citizens who are calling for an end to overfishing by EU member states. EU Member states are required to end overfishing by 2020, under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
The Ocean Avengers, a team of superheroes embodying the ocean, climate, law, science and the will of EU citizens, attended the handover, urging Commissioner Sinkevičius to convey the message “Ending overfishing IS Climate Action” to AGRIFISH ministers, and they must obey the law by setting fishing limits within scientific advice, in order to reduce one of the biggest threats to the ocean and its capacity to support life on the planet
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