Problem

Limited observance of fishing quotas

Other Names:
Failure of self-regulation of the fishing industry
Incidence:
A commitment by fisheries minister of the EEC/EU in 1986 to cut overcapacity by 3% by 1991 has been ignored; capacity has actually increased by almost 20% since then. Total allowable catches and national quota have been systematically flouted. Haddock, cod and whiting are the species most affected.

In 1993, the British government abandoned its plans to reduce the number of days fishing boats can be at sea.

In 1995, the European Union fisheries ministers agreed to take account of fishing industry needs and soften proposals for sharp cuts in 1996 quotas that were aimed at protecting dwindling stocks. Northern stock hake quotas, important for Spanish and French fishermen, were fixed at nearly 29,000 tons, against the scientists' advice of 24,000 tons and 31,000 tons in 1995. The key overall North Sea plaice catch was slashed to 78,000 tons, from 115,000 tons in 1995. Scientists advised a cut to 61,000 tons.

Claim:
The problem is too many trawlers chasing too few fish.
Counter Claim:
The British government claimed it was proposing alternative conservation measures to make up for its failure to curb the number of allowable days at sea.
Strategies:
Regulating fishing
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
15.03.2000 – 00:00 CET