February 14, 2013
Last week the EU seas and the fisheries they sustain faced a critical turning point. The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), a regulation that governs everything from what lands on our plate to the nets used to catch it, is currently being reformed. For the first time ever, the European Parliament could vote for the CFP it wanted.
Much was at stake. Only a few months ago, ferocious industry opposition was threatening key changes essential for healthy seas, including sustainable management of fish stocks and phasing out discards (the practice of throwing dead or dying fish overboard made famous – or rather, infamous – by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight).