EP fisheries panel to tackle failure of marine protection policy

The head of the European Parliament's fisheries committee has pledged to address the issue of widespread government failure to manage marine protected areas

The head of the European Parliament's fisheries committee has pledged to address the issue of widespread government failure to manage marine protected areas (MPAs), after a new report revealed less than one sixth of designated seas were subject to any kind of management plan.

Although 12.4% of Europe's territorial waters are officially MPAs – allowing the European Commission to claim the EU has already met the 2020 Aichi biodiversity target for marine protection under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity – only 1.8% are subject to management plans, according to a report published by the WWF on Tuesday.

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