Press Release – Over 130 scientists to the EU: Stop funding overfishing

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Brussels – 1 December

To the members of the press – for immediate release

Scientists sign open letter denouncing EU ambitions to reintroduce ‘harmful’ subsidies which are directly linked to destroying nature at sea.

Scientists from across the EU countries sound the alarm as the European Commission, Council and Parliament decide how to spend the next European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). Between 2021 and 2027, around seven billion euros of public money will be injected into the ocean economy. However, countless studies and reports show that the vast majority of the fund is used to encourage overfishing and fuel the demise of nature at sea [1].

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