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IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TOSCIENTIFIC ADVICEThis Week. It’s time to set fishing limits that do notexceed scientific advice
OverfishedThree out of four assessed EU fish stocks areoverfished, 63% in the Atlantic and 94% in theMediterranean
Lost                                       RevenueThe World Bank estimates that overfishingcosts the global economy $50 bi...
Stocks    Collapse    PredictedThe European Commission has predicted withoutdrastic action, only eight out of 136 stocks w...
Unsustainable                                     levels of fishingIn Irish waters it is estimated nearly half of allasses...
Zero Catch                                       in 2012In line with fisheries scientists recommendations since2004, for 2...
Limits    ExceededBetween 1987 and 2011, for eleven fish stocks examined,fishing limits exceeded the scientific advice by ...
60%                                         Discarded60% of all fish caught in the EU are discarded
Stock sizes                                       can increaseIf the right decisions are made, stock sizes and fishlanded ...
Decision                                                                WeekOn December 15th-16th, EU fisheries ministersd...
DecisionOn November 23rd Simon Coveney presented                        Weekto the Dáil, a Sea Fisheries SustainabilityImp...
Decision                                           WeekSetting fishing limits that exceedscientific advice is like a five ...
Decision                                           WeekSetting fishing limits that exceedscientific advice is like a five ...
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  1. 1. IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TOSCIENTIFIC ADVICEThis Week. It’s time to set fishing limits that do notexceed scientific advice
  2. 2. OverfishedThree out of four assessed EU fish stocks areoverfished, 63% in the Atlantic and 94% in theMediterranean
  3. 3. Lost RevenueThe World Bank estimates that overfishingcosts the global economy $50 billion in lostrevenue per annum
  4. 4. Stocks Collapse PredictedThe European Commission has predicted withoutdrastic action, only eight out of 136 stocks will be atlevels viable for commercial exploitation by 2022
  5. 5. Unsustainable levels of fishingIn Irish waters it is estimated nearly half of allassessed commercial stocks are currently beingfished at unsustainable levels
  6. 6. Zero Catch in 2012In line with fisheries scientists recommendations since2004, for 2012 the European Commission is proposing zerocatches of cod in the Irish Sea and West of Scotland
  7. 7. Limits ExceededBetween 1987 and 2011, for eleven fish stocks examined,fishing limits exceeded the scientific advice by an averageof 33%
  8. 8. 60% Discarded60% of all fish caught in the EU are discarded
  9. 9. Stock sizes can increaseIf the right decisions are made, stock sizes and fishlanded could increase by up to 70 percent with a grossvalue-added for the fishing sector of up to 90%
  10. 10. Decision WeekOn December 15th-16th, EU fisheries ministersdecide on fishing limits (TACs) for 2012;Simon Coveney has the opportunity to take a stand against overfishingby pushing for fishing limits that do not exceed scientific adviceIn response to a recent Department stakeholder consultation eight ofthe ten submissions received clearly requested that fishing limits notexceed scientific adviceOne submission represented a compilation of 4,500 individualresponses from the Irish public to an Avaaz.org action call IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO SCIENTIFIC ADVICE
  11. 11. DecisionOn November 23rd Simon Coveney presented Weekto the Dáil, a Sea Fisheries SustainabilityImpact Assessment, the synthesis of thestakeholder consultation;He stated, “*t+he balance of the contributions indicates a need forgreater adherence to the scientific advice available to enable prudentand appropriate management decisions to be made. This is necessaryto provide for sustainable fish stocks and support the viability of thefishing industry, while also protecting the broader marine ecosystem.”;and “there are some stocks for which the scientific advice (includingfrom Ireland’s Marine Institute) for fishing limits differs from theCommission proposal, in these cases the advice should still be adheredto.” IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO SCIENTIFIC ADVICE
  12. 12. Decision WeekSetting fishing limits that exceedscientific advice is like a five tonnetruck driving over a bridge with a threetonne limit. IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO SCIENTIFIC ADVICE
  13. 13. Decision WeekSetting fishing limits that exceedscientific advice is like a five tonnetruck driving over a bridge with a threetonne limit. IT’S TIME TO LISTEN TO SCIENTIFIC ADVICE
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