Europe Adopts Sweeping Changes to Fishing Policy

Earlier this year, the European Parliament voted to take seriously overfishing in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Treating fish as an open access resource have seriously depleted fish stocks. This New York Times article provides the details. The article notes that US p0licy, while still imperfect, has been better at protecting fish stocks than European policy in recent years. The use of transferable quotas in the US has improved efficiency in addition to protecting fish stocks.


  1. gersonma Said,

    November 22, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

    This is a very important issue. Fishing is a non-renewable resource and if overfishing occurs, this can greatly effect prices/jobs/etc. I wouldn’t have guessed that the US has been better than Europe at protecting fish stocks. It was interesting to learn how the use of transferable quotas in the US has improved our efficiency as well as aided in protecting our fish stocks.

  2. leeja Said,

    November 22, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

    I think this is such a start move; the Eurpoean Parliament’s decision to adopt sustainable quotas by 2015 and end the wasteful practice of discarding unwanted fish at sea is an effective method to protect overfishing in European nations. Additionally, these movements work as great examples of being “sustainable” and “green”; the article also mentions that the EP has decided to impose a strict ban on discarding to protect environmentally and economically costly practice.

  3. Nicky Tynan Said,

    November 22, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

    Fishing is a renewable resource but some fish specie risk getting close to being non-renewable by being fished at unsustainable levels.

  4. Courtney Said,

    December 2, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

    I think fishing is a good option as a renewable resource if sustainable quotas are adopted in order to protect the fish population. If quotas are adopted and countries stick to these quotas there could be a booming fish population if given the time to reproduce. At this rate fish such as tuna are being overfished and their population is depleting.

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