During the last five years, hundreds of thousands of you joined us in calling on Europe's politicians to create new laws that support fair and sustainable fishing.
And together, we did it! However, some EU governments seem to ignore the new rules. So we have started to take action to challenge this inaction. Read more
Greenpeace have been on board the research ship 'Victor Hensen', monitoring the wasteful and destructive fishing practices employed by European fishing fleets which can discard up to 600 tonnes of fish in a single trip. The discard can be carried out for various reasons: high grading, the small size of the fish, fish that the vessel has no quota for and other non marketable marine life bycatch.
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What's Fair Fishing?
Fair fishing means taking what you need and nothing more.
Low impact fishers are real people. Fishing is how they make their living. It's how they feed their families. For many, it's a family tradition. Monster boats are threatening their livelihoods and their way of life. These are their stories.
Meet the Fair Fishers
Fish stocks are rapidly depleting. Destructive fishing is damaging our oceans. We need to take immediate action to rebuild fish stocks, stop this destruction and change the way we catch fish.
I welcome the reformed EU fishing laws that aim to end overfishing and restore depleted fish stocks to sustainable levels. I also ask you to ensure that all fish are caught sustainably by low-impact fishers from this day forward.
Our fishing sector should meet the best environmental and social standards in the world. Our country should be promoting the environmental benefits and employment opportunities associated with small-scale, low-impact fishing. Please reward those fishers that minimise environmental impacts with a greater share of the sustainably set fishing quotas and stop authorising monster boats that devastate marine habitats and vulnerable marine life. Monster boats have no place here nor anywhere!
Please inform me of your stance on this issue and let me know what you will do to ensure that fish are caught sustainably and fairly by low-impact fishers.