Using strong language, the committee's report says that planned reforms to the CFP must introduce an overriding objective to achieve sustainable development in the sector. It also concludes that reductions in fishing capacity and effort will require "considerably more Commission funding...to ease the transition for fishing communities facing loss of their traditional activities".
The last point echoes statements made recently by environmental group WWF, which said that measures to protect fish stocks would be of no use unless adequate funding was introduced to ensure that fishermen are able to reduce effort.
The report comes as European fishing industry representatives, EU member state officials and the European Commission try to negotiate the bloc's first-ever fish species recovery plan.
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