Condemning fishermen who duck the rules on one hand and weak policing on the other, the European Commission has slammed the EU fishing industry for ignoring conservation measures.
The member states were given equally dismal marks in a report on Common Fisheries policy implementation. The CFP report calls for closer cooperation between member states and “more appropriate and effective sanctions”.
A Commission spokeswoman highlighted some of the failures: “Discrepancies are found between what is declared, the catch which is declared and what is landed, and important measures like the limit on days that vessels can spend at sea sometimes don’t impose the necessary restrictions that they should.”
Under the CFP, control is the responsibility of the EU member states.
The criticism included insufficient inspections, and the use of banned driftnets. Brussels said the use of satellite-based vessel monitoring systems was marred by lack of compliance by fishermen, and by government authorities’ apparent reluctance to use them.