It is always a pleasure to be able to share success – and today is a day where we are indeed celebrating a successful campaign.
A few hours ago, the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee voted through crucial amendments to the Common Fisheries Policy reform package, giving the ‘thumbs up’ to ambitious reform.
Why is this so important? Because this sends an incredibly strong signal that the European Parliament is serious about the recovery of the fish population – and making sure that they’re still around for years to come.
Not only did these MEPs vote for stock recovery, but they also supported the principle of multi-annual planning (instead of the annual horse-trading for stocks), regionalised management and a commitment to eliminate discards.
These were all key asks that we’ve been calling for, for a number of years.
We could not have achieved this without the hundreds of thousands of people (I mean you!) who signed our petition, emailed their MEPs, tweeted and raised their voices. Thanks also to the fishermen, businesses and industry partners that joined us in calling for sustainable fisheries and a long-term future for our fishing communities.
Although a big win, this still have a long way to go. The reform package will now be voted on by all MEPs in early 2013. We will keep the pressure up to make sure that this positive trend will continue, but we will still need your support.
Have a nice holiday. We’ll be back next year with more news and action – but for now, a massive thank you to you all.