Oceana´s first comments on 2006 quotas/ TACs defined by the European Council.
“The reopening of this fishery shows how far the fisheries ministers’ irresponsibility can reach, and it reflects their inability to learn the hard lessons that every year come from fishing grounds. The situation of the anchovy in the Bay of Biscay is critical, and this opinion is supported worldwide by the most relevant experts in this fishery. Once more their advices have been ignored, and in 2005 the fishery closed urgently due to a collapse. During the past week Elena Espinosa, the Spanish Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, had maintained her compromise with the responsible and sustainable fishing, but at the end she changed her mind favoring the French pressure and the short term interests of the fishing sector. If this is all we can expect from the leadership and global vision of our politicians, the only thing we can do is to be very disappointed,” says Xavier Pastor, the fisheries biologist and Director of Oceana Europe
“Oceana does not understand how it is possible that, based on the situation faced by European fisheries after many years of non sustainable management, there are still fisheries ministers who congratulate each other for decisions that push European stocks through a collapse. The fishing sector that has been pleased with this decision must also assume its responsibility for the fish stock situation,” concludes Xavier Pastor, Director of Oceana Europe.