According to The Independent, Britain’s coastal waters are so overfished that they can only supply fish to restaurants and kitchens for just over 6 months out of the year.
To mark this “achievement”, Britain has dubbed next Saturday, July 16th, “Fish Dependence Day.” This is the day that Britain will mostly depend on imports to supply its fish. Last year it was on August 6th. The rest of the European Union is even worse, considering that Germany became dependent on non-EU imports on April 27th, Italy on April 30th, Spain on May 8th, and France on June 13th.
Apparently demands being made on UK and European fisheries are making them less productive and putting both the fisheries and the workers’ jobs at a high risk. Aniol Esteban, of the New Economics Foundation think tank, told The Independent,
“Eating more fish than our oceans can produce is playing dangerous games with the future of fisheries and fishing communities. Unless we change course, the jobs and livelihoods of many people in Europe and beyond are at risk.”
Maria Damanaki, the European Fisheries Commissioner, is going to be presenting a proposal to reform the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) on Wednesday.