Your chance to change the Common Fisheries Policy

Wed Mar 09, 2016 11:24 pm

Okay, if you're being sceptical you'll have scoffed at the title. It's worth a shot though. Never give up hope!

The EU’s fisheries policy is up for review and they want to hear from the public. This is the policy that allows super trawlers hoover up fish and kill dolphins off the coast of Ireland.[1]

Just two days ago, Uplift members voted overwhelmingly to take part in this public consultation. [2] Not only is this a moment to step up our fight to ban super trawlers but by taking part, the European Commission will have to publish what we say on their website. The closing date is this Sunday so we need to move fast.

The consultation has been set up in a way that makes it difficult to participate. But the good news is, we don’t have to answer every question. We only have to fill in the questions that are most relevant to us.

So here’s what we need to do:
1.Click on the link to the online questionnaire.
2.Answer questions 1,2,5 & 6 with your own details.
3.Scroll down to the end of the questionnaire to Q37 and Q38.
4.Use the suggested text below or add your own.

Obviously you can answer it yourself with your own thoughts and opinions. These are just quick simple suggestions.

Click here to have your say - ... Regulation

Proposed response to Q 37:

"The fisheries control regime allows super trawlers to fish legally in EU waters. These trawlers cause huge damage to fish stock and sea animals, such as dolphins, which get caught in their nets. They also wreak havoc on the livelihoods of small fishing communities and should be banned."

Proposed response to Q38:

"Super trawlers should be banned from European waters. They are inconsistent with sustainable fishing, destroy protected sea animals and are responsible for declining fish stocks."

If we’re going to stop super trawlers from destroying the livelihoods of fishing communities and our marine life, we need to use every opportunity we can along the way until they are banned. Please take a few minutes to add your voice to this public consultation.

Yours hopefully,
John D.