Rio+20 and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in Europe

Froese, Rainer and Quaas, Martin (2013) Rio+20 and the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy in Europe Marine Policy, 39 . pp. 53-55. DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.10.007.

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Abstract

At the Rio+20 meeting in June 2012, governments of the world committed to rebuilding fish stock sizes by 2015 at least to levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield (MSY), even if that would require the temporary closure of fisheries. This study explores the outcomes of such action for European stocks. In 2012, only 8 of 48 stocks (17%) were abundant enough to produce MSY and with a business as usual scenario, this number would not increase by 2015. In contrast, if fishing was reduced to levels consistent with rebuilding and if some fisheries were temporarily closed, 50–70% of the examined stocks would be able to reach the Rio+20 target by the end of 2015. In this scenario, after three years with reduced catches, fish supply from European stocks would reach and exceed the levels of 2011 already in 2016. The implications for fish, fishers and fish consumers are discussed.

Highlights:
► This paper evaluates the commitments made by Rio+20 with regard to fisheries.
► It finds that 50-70% of the stocks could be rebuilt by 2015.
► For the rebuilding to occur, fishing has to be reduced and some fisheries closed.
► Seafood supply would be higher than currently from 2016 onward.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Rio+20; Common Fisheries Policy; Maximum sustainable yield
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R03
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R06
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R02
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R01
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.10.007
ISSN: 0308-597X
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 10:37
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 09:31
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/19511

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