Greenpeace has been protesting that Europe is fishing too much. EU fisheries ministers arriving for talks in Brussels to decide the allowable amounts to be caught in the coming year found their way blocked. Around 200 Greenpeace members had been at work there since before dawn. All the entrances to the Council venue had either been bricked up, or were obstructed with nets, chains and people.
Greenpeace Ocean Campaigner Iris Menn explained: “The crisis in the ocean is very strong, so we definitively need to send a strong message to fisheries ministers that they are incompetent. And we would like to see the environment ministers taking over their responsibility for the protection of the ocean because they have the protection of the ocean as a main priority instead of the fisheries ministers that are only taking care of economic profit.”
The fisheries meeting started late, after the police took action, which included dealing with around seven tons of unwanted wall. Menn also said that if the Fisheries Council were a private company, “its directors would have been sacked long ago for inefficiency and negligence”.
According to Greenpeace, European figures show that catches since 2003 have, on average, been set at around 50 per cent above the scientifically-recommended level.