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European Fish Week 2011 - Back to the Future

June 4-12 2011
 

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Beam trawler fishing off the coast
of the Netherlands © Corey Arnold


Currently, 72% of all assessed 
EU fish stocks are estimated to
be overfished, with over 20% being
fished beyond safe biological limits.

In living memory, there were more fish, more boats, more fishers and more fisheries dependent communities in Europe.  Due to continued overfishing, some fish stocks are now at perilously low levels, but it was not always like this. In the not so distant past, fish stocks were healthier and fisheries dependent communities were wealthier.


This is the theme of this year’s European Fish Week, June 4-12: how our marine environment used to be healthier, how overfishing has changed this and how the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform is an opportunity to go Back to the Future. It will be about collecting stories and evidence of the past richness of our seas and fishing communities and delivering them to EU fisheries ministers with the message: "we want it back".


We will be drawing inspiration from historic references to the health of the seas in music, poems, paintings, photographs, recipes - By reminding ourselves of how living with the sea used to be, we can better understand the present extent of overfishing and how we can play a part in ending it through an effective reform of the CFP.


Around the time of European Fish Week, the European Commission will publish its proposal for a reformed CFP. When this happens, we need to make sure fisheries ministers get the message loud and clear.


Get involved

"By reminding ourselves of how living with the sea used to be, we can better understand the present extent of overfishing and how we can play a part in ending it through an effective reform of the CFP."

Uta Bellion, OCEAN2012 coordinator

OCEAN2012 members will therefore be focussing their Fish Week activities and events on clear and effective messages to their fisheries ministers. Help us to put the pressure on your minister by getting involved in an event near you, and we’ll help you get your message heard. More information about events and how you can go Back to the Future will be published shortly.


In the meantime, if you have access to historic information on fishing, fisheries dependent communities, or the abundance of fish in the sea, please share this with us, from photos to stories, old video footage, songs or recipes. Please get in touch with Mike Walker, mwalker@pewtrusts.org, +32 2 274 1625.


If you or your organisation would already like more information or are interested in participating in this year’s European Fish Week, please contact Rozan Consten, rconsten@pewtrusts.org, +32 2 274 16 28


European Fish Week 2010

During last year’s European Fish Week over 20 events were organised by OCEAN2012 member groups in nine European countries – France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Spain.


Over 28,500 people signed the petition launched at the start of European Fish Week asking EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki to promote environmental sustainability as the overarching principle of the future Common Fisheries Policy. Find out more.


OCEAN2012

OCEAN2012 is an alliance of organisations dedicated to transforming European fisheries policy to stop overfishing, end destructive fishing practices and deliver fair and equitable use of healthy fish stocks.


OCEAN2012 was initiated, and is co-ordinated by, the Pew Environment Group, the conservation arm of The Pew Charitable Trusts, a non-governmental organisation working to end overfishing in the world´s oceans. The steering group of OCEAN2012 consists of the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, Ecologistas en Acción, The Fisheries Secretariat, nef (new economics foundation), the Pew Environment Group and Seas At Risk.

 

European Fish Week Events 2011

  • Documentary by Noé Conservation's project 'Sawfish and threatened marine biodiversity'

    June 3 2011

    This documentary will feature several interviews withboth resident and migrant fishermen from the Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. Its purpose is to highlight the ongoing overfishing within the Archipelago and its consequences for traditional livelihoods.

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  • Feria de recursos pesqueros de la Reserva Marina del Área de Cabo Roche.

    1 y 4 de Junio 2011

    Feria expositiva de los recursos pesqueros del área de Cabo Roche con degustación de pescado de la zona en bares colindantes.

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  • La Settimana europea della pesca a AGRIGENTO con GREEN LIFE & OCEAN2012

    dal 4 al 12 giugno 2011

    A memoria d'uomo, un tempo in Europa c'era più pesce, più barche, più pescatori e un numero maggiore di comunità che dipendevano dalle attività collegate alla pesca. A causa del continuo sovrasfruttamento, alcuni stock ittici hanno raggiunto livelli pericolosamente bassi, ma non è stato sempre così. In un passato non troppo lontano, gli stock ittici erano più sani e le comunità che dipendevano dalle attività di pesca più ricche.
     

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  • Historical fishing photo exhibition

    June 4 - July 31 2011

    An exhibition of contemporary and historical photographs depicting scenes of the UK's rich fishing heritage.

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  • Exposición Fotográfica “Regreso al Futuro”

    Junio 4 2011

    Pequeña Exposición Fotográfica itinerante compuesta por infografías realizadas por David McCandless, fotografías actuales de la pesca de Corey Arnold e imágenes históricas cedidas por varios museos.

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  • European Fish Week 2011 - Back to the Future

    June 4 - 12, 2011

    European Fish Week from June 4-12 is a week of activities around Europe. We are taking a look at how our marine environment used to be healthier, how overfishing has changed this and how the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform is an opportunity to go Back to the Future.

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  • Kayak Fishing Open Day

    June 4 2011 12:00-6pm

    The Irish Kayak Angling Club promotes sustainability and conservation of fish stocks. Kayak fishing is similar to small boat fishing of the past and is affordable and open to all. Kayak anglers can feed their families on fish with minimal impact on fish stocks and the environment compared to the family that buy their fish in Tesco. Its also fresh, free and keeps you fit.

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  • Fotoausstellung: Zurück in die Zukunft

    4.-13.6.2011

    Diese Ausstellung erzählt die Geschichte davon, dass es in Europa, solange der Mensch zurückdenken kann, mehr Fische gab, mehr Boote, mehr Fischer und mehr von der Fischerei lebende Regionen. Erzählt wird diese Geschichte mithilfe von drei Elementen: historischen Archivbildern der Fischerei, Infografiken von David McCandless sowie Fotografien des heutigen kommerziellen Fischfangs von Corey Arnold.

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  • Medio Ambiente Marino de Zierbena

    5 de Junio de 2011, 10.00h

    Ven y participa en una de las actividades de la Semana Europea de la Pesca -OCEAN2012.

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  • World Ocean Day at Aquatopia

    June 5 2011, 9.30-18.00

    World Ocean Day is en event to celebrate the oceans but also to focus some of the current threats to current life and how to tackle them. Themes of this year's event are sharks, overfishing, acidification and plastic pollution.

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