Source: DG MARE
To reverse the dramatic decline of Mediterranean fisheries, Commissioner Vella commits to improve the state of the stocks and thus the economic prospects of the industry. At a global event in Brussels, he unveiled a new strategy for the Mediterranean and launched a dialogue with Ministers from EU and non-EU countries.
“The facts are undisputed – he said at a recent conference -: fish stocks in the Mediterranean are shrinking. Some are on the verge of depletion. All in all, 93% of the fish stocks assessed are over-exploited. This is an environmental but also a social issue, as it represents a clear threat to the way of life of fishing communities around the Mediterranean”.