The Mediterranean and the Black sea are already the most overfished regions on the planet.
Once a year, representatives of the 27 member states on the Council of the EU meet to set the bloc’s fishing quotas. The decisions are made behind closed doors, often ignoring scientific advice. This process is contributing to the depletion of fish stocks in Europe’s seas.
Investigate Europe gained access to a European Commission non-paper dated 8 December 2020 containing its recommendations on TACs (total allowable catches).
This is just one documented instance where national governments failed to protect the public interest by safeguarding environmental sustainability. According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, 62.5% of fishing stocks in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea are overexploited, making them the most overfished regions on the planet.
Behind closed doors in the Council, national governments are free to agree on quotas and catch limits that significantly exceed sustainable levels.
Spain also successfully fought to overturn initial Commission proposals to substantially reduce allowable quotas for some species. For example, hake fished in Spain’s southern waters was eventually reduced by only 21.5% for 2016, compared to a 60.5% reduction which was initially proposed.
Coastal fishermen — who are forced out of their livelihoods when their catches dwindle — also lose out.
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Overfishing has been a problem for a long time:
The number one threat to the Mediterranean Sea right now is overfishing, potentially affecting the lives of nearly 10,000 different species of fish that inhabit the area. Unfortunately, overfishing is slowly leading to a collapse of the ecosystem that makes up the Mediterranean Sea, and the fish that make up the sea are being directly affected. Too many fish are being removed too quickly, not allowing time for the fish to reproduce. An incredibly horrible example of this is the overfishing of the Bluefin Tuna in the Mediterranean Sea (Source).
2 Edras 6:22 (ii) And suddenly shall the sown places appear unsown, the full storehouses shall suddenly be found empty: – The Signs of the End Times.