Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Central to the full implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) — and the genuine reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is the scientific definition of Descriptor 3 which addresses what “good environmental status” means for commercial fish and shellfish populations. MARINET has serious concerns that the scientific definition being prepared by the EU, and its advisors (the independently constituted International Council for the Exploration of the Sea [ICES] and the EU’s own Joint Research Centre), is not sufficiently accurate and rigorous. Accordingly, MARINET has presented its thinking on the key characteristics of the scientific definition to OSPAROSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations., Defra, and the EU Workshop convened on 24/25th April 2012 in order to consider this matter. We provide MARINET’s paper to the EU Workshop here.


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