The campaign organisation, Avaaz, has drawn our attention to an EU vote in 24 hours time which is likely to go the wrong way in terms of protecting fish stocks – driven by the vested interests of France and Spain and by confusion and complacency amongst MEPs who may well therefore abstain.
Avaaz has therefore launched an online campaign directed at the 23 MEPs whose votes will make a diference to the outcome of this matter – and is asking as many people as possible to sign it.
Scotland’s fisheries are a vital part of the sustainability of remote communities and a positive contributor to the country’s economy, so this issue hits us directly here.
The Avaaz communications is below – and it contains the link to visit and sign.
‘The world’s oceans will soon run out of fish, unless we rein in ruthless fishing fleets. Luckily in 24 hours, the EU Parliament could vote for a bold new plan to save our seas.
‘Many MEPs support the historic deal that would end overfishing. But a group of countries in bed with powerful fishing interests — led by France and Spain — are bullying ‘undecided’ MEPs to vote no or abstain. If we build a huge wave of public support now, we can convince parliamentarians to ensure science, not greed, determines the fate of our fish.
‘The vote is in 24 hours — if we win, it’ll set in motion one of the strongest global crackdowns on overfishing. Send an urgent message to the 23 MEPs who can make the difference:
‘Overfishing has already wiped out 90% of the world’s large predatory fish like tuna, sharks and cod. Europe’s fishing policy has been a colossal failure and has contributed to the collapse — 88% of Europe’s seas are overexploited, so monster boats must venture ever further to plunder the seas from Africa to the Pacific.
‘The stakes are high. Changing EU’s policy from one based on ministers haggling for national quotas to one based on science and long-term sustainability could start rebuilding healthy oceans everywhere. Yet not only are MEPs from France and Spain scheming to gut this deal, the vote could be buried in a sea of other proposals and some MEPs might abstain simply because they’re unaware of the issue. But experts say our voices count! A tidal wave of public support to key MEPs is exactly what we need to save our fish.’