European plan to save Mediterranean threatened fish

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The European Union and seven Mediterranean countries launched a project, on Thursday March 30, for the next ten years to closely monitor the evolution of highly threatened fish stocks in waters impoverished by overfishing.

“After months of negotiations, the European Commission secured, on Friday, a 10-year commitment to save fish stocks in the Mediterranean and protect the economic and ecological wealth of the region,” the EU executive said in a statement.

The MedFish4Ever Malta Declaration was signed by the European Commission, eight EU Member States (Spain, France, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus), seven third countries (Morocco, Algeria , Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Albania, Montenegro), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and the European Parliament.

“I hope that this statement will be seen in the future as a turning point,” commented Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Fisheries, while the Mediterranean fish stock is in great danger – it is estimated to be overexploited to 90 %.

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