Fisheries ministers adopt EU biodiversity plan

Strategy to fulfil obligations under the UN convention on biological diversity

Fisheries ministers from EU member states yesterday adopted a biodiversity action plan aimed at fulfilling the bloc's obligations under the 1992 UN convention on biological diversity.

Meeting in Luxembourg, ministers agreed the plan as proposed by the European Commission (EED 22/05/01). They acknowledged that a "significant reduction in fishing pressure wherever biodiversity is under threat" is necessary.

The plan sets out specific actions to be taken, including measures to limit the negative environmental impacts of the aquaculture industry. The actions spelled out are similar to those being discussed as part of the reform of the common fisheries policy (CFP) (EED 07/06/01).

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