Today OCEAN2012, a coalition dedicated to ensure that the 2012 reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy stops overfishing, ends destructive fishing practices and delivers fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks, officially announces European Fish Weeks with the launch of their overfishing animation.
The 4’20” animation is released by OCEAN2012, Greenpeace, Birdlife International and Oceana and also includes a reference to the role of fisheries subsidies. Tethys Research Institute is one of the members giving support to this initiative. To find out more about OCEAN2012 membership click here.
Research conducted in the context of the Ionian Dolphin Project has identified overfishing as the main cause of the dramatic decline of common dolphin numbers in the Inner Ionian Sea Archipelago, which started in the mid-90’s. Enforcement of management measures to reduce overfishing and a ban on the use of destructive fishing gear are urgently needed. Such measures would benefit the large small-scale fishermen community and may allow for the recovery of a coastal ecosystem that has been considerably damaged by overfishing, also creating the conditions for common dolphin recovery.
Additional recommended reading:
Gonzalvo J., Moutopoulos D.K., Bearzi G., Stergiou K.I. 2011. Fisheries mismanagement in a Natura 2000 area in western Greece. Fisheries Management and Ecology 18(1):25-38.
Piroddi C., Bearzi G., Gonzalvo J., Christensen V. 2011. From common to rare: the case of the Mediterranean common dolphin. Biological Conservation 144(10):2490-2498.