Iceland dismisses EU fishing policy

28 Jan 2013

Iceland’s president has dismissed the EU Common Fisheries Policy as a “colossal failure” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson told the BBC that “Europe is the problem”, emphasising the fact that despite the policy, the global endangered figure for fish stocks is still around 20%.

The Common Fisheries Policy sets quotas for 27 member states and for different species of fish. But Mr Grimsson pointed out that only Iceland and Norway have come up to scratch in terms of sustainability under the policy, and neither is a member of the EU.

Other concerns though have pointed out that this isn’t just a problem that affects Europe - but oceans worldwide.

And as if to reiterate this issuet the forum, Commissioner Maria Damanaki co-signed the statement Seafood Traceability: A Key to Sustainable Livelihoods, Durable Trade and Secure Communities together with the other Members of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Oceans.

The statement calls for the urgent development of global systems for tracing the origins of fish products “from bait to plate”, to ensure that wild-caught seafood and other fish products are legal, healthy, fully traceable and accurately labelled.

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