EU Elections 2019 - Our oceans need your vote!
Our oceans are dying, and we will go down with it unless we change. According to the most recent global assessment of how nature is performing, one third of our corals are threatened with extinction, with already 50% of the live corals killed off in the last 150 years. Fishing has shown to be the biggest driver of biodiversity loss and the EU has one of the biggest industrial fishing sectors in the world. 87% of the Mediterranean Sea is overfished. The EU not only destroys its own seas, but also overexploits other countries fish stocks and biodiversity. The picture is grim, but even grimmer is that the EU has no political commitment to fix this and is not taking responsibility. This is clear from the recent 2018 analysis by the European Commission: the EU will not achieve Good Environment Status by 2020.
The EU has been driving a blue growth agenda at the cost of our marine environment. Politicians need to stop twiddling their thumbs and fix the problem and apply effective management such as fishing moratoriums, no-go zones for all human activities, banning single use plastic. We need to give nature a chance.
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