Fishing has been part of the European way of life for centuries, providing food and employment for generations.
Industrial-scale fishing run by multinational corporations is now threatening both the fish and the people who rely on them. What is happening is not universally agreed: some studies suggest fish stocks are close to collapsing, while some fishers say their catches show clear signs of strong recovery.
What is clear is that Europe’s fishing is not sustainable. Boats are required to throw dead fish overboard rather than permitted to land them. Catches are not accurately measured. The industry is increasingly concentrated in the hands of bigger companies further away from the communities affected, even though fishing owned and controlled by local people is often the most sustainable. The EU’s politicians continue to put off the day we move to protect the highly threatened bluefin tuna.
What is worse, since wild fish are unable to meet the voracious requirements of a wasteful market, many are promoting fish farms as a “green” solution. Fish farms may be lucrative for the companies who run them, but there are many problems including water pollution from fish waste and drugs, as well as serious animal welfare concerns and big economic questions. Learn more about fish farms.
Food & Water Europe want fishing to be properly organised and regulated over the long-term, without fish farms damaging the coasts our communities depend on, so that fish can continue to be enjoyable and profitable for generations to come.