Serious Shortcomings in the Definition of MFSD Descriptor 3 : MARINET Statement, October 2012

The Definition of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive’s Descriptor 3, which defines “good environmental status” for commercial fish and shellfish stocks, is a key legal tool for the restoration of health to the ecology of our seas and the restoration of abundance in our fish stocks. Currently, the working definition of Descriptor 3 is being “corrupted” and sold seriously short. This serious state of affairs is set out by Marinet in an Agenda Paper, reproduced here, which we presented to a meeting of 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. on 16th and 17th October 2012.


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