Fernanda Balata, Paint a Fish Co-ordinator at nef, provides some background information on educational resources and a fun activity to teach pupils about sustainable fisheries.
This year, the future of EU fish stocks is being decided by EU leaders at the final stages of the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) – a once in a 10-year opportunity to save our fish stocks from years of overfishing and guarantee that we don’t run out of fish one day.
Did you know that two-thirds of EU fish stocks are currently overfished? This continued mismanagement means we are annually losing a potential value of 1,800 million euros, money which could go towards supporting tens of thousands of much-needed jobs. By simply allowing EU stocks to grow to their maximum sustainable yield (MSY), we could guarantee a sustainable supply of fish for generations to come.
The nef (new economics foundation) has spent the past few years producing ground-breaking reports on the issues of sustainable fisheries in order to support the change we want to see. To coincide with a crucial moment in the political process and put pressure on leaders that will decide the future of our fisheries, we launched the ‘Paint a Fish’ initiative.