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Press Release - Friends of the Irish Environment 22nd June 2020

High Court to hear challenge against unsustainable fishing in Ireland and the EU

The Irish High Court today formally initiated a Judicial Review proceedings aimed at challenging the EU Regulation setting 2020 fishing quotas under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) because of its failure to meet a legally defined deadline of ending overfishing in all stocks by 2020.

A judge will be assigned on July 15th to hear the application for leave to apply for a Judicial Review from the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment.

FRIENDS OF THE IRISH ENVIRONMENT
PRESS BRIEFING
22 JUNE 2020
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

High Court to hear challenge against unsustainable fishing in Ireland and the EU

The Irish High Court today formally initiated a Judicial Review proceedings aimed at challenging the EU Regulation setting 2020 fishing quotas under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) because of its failure to meet a legally defined deadline of ending overfishing in all stocks by 2020.

A judge will be assigned on July 15th to hear the application for leave to apply for a Judicial Review from the environmental charity Friends of the Irish Environment.

According to Kate Ruddock, NGO spokesperson, ‘This legal action aims to challenge the short-term political decision-making process which in the long term is destroying the Irish fishing industry. If this challenge is successful it will push politicians to take decisions that allow stocks to recover to a level where fishing can be guaranteed into the future. However, no request has been made to suspend the implementation of the 2020 decision on TACs because we do not want to harm fishing activities – in fact the motivation behind this case is to protect the Irish and European fisheries from collapse.’

In 2013, as part of the last reform of the CFP, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament agreed in Article 2(2) of the CFP Regulation to end overfishing by 2015 ‘where possible’ and by 2020 ‘at the latest’. This measure was designed to restore all stocks above healthy levels capable of producing the ‘maximum sustainable yield’ (*MSY) and to implement the ‘precautionary approach to fisheries management’.

These rules aim to ensure sustainable fishing opportunities in the long term. Indeed, a study by the New Economics Foundation [Notes] concluded that restoring fish populations and subsequently exploiting most commercial EU fish stocks in North Atlantic waters in line with their MSY levels would deliver more than 2 million tonnes of additional seafood per year, an extra €1.6 billion in annual revenue, and over 20,000 new jobs.

TOTAL ALLOWABLE CATCHES [TAC]
Every December fisheries ministers from across the EU meet to set the fishing limits, or ‘Total Allowable Catches’ (TACs) for the next year. They have before them the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (‘ICES’) recommendation for catch levels that should not be exceeded to allow the stocks to recover and remain above sustainable levels. The advice of the ICES is peer reviewed by independent scientists who were not involved in preparing the original advice and who have no vested interest in the outcome of the process and is therefore considered to be the best available scientific advice.

Yet around half of the TACs set by the Council in December 2019 exceed the scientific advice provided by ICES, according to an analysis by the environmental law charity ClientEarth who are supporting Friends of the Irish Environment in bringing this case. This habit of endorsing overfishing is jeopardising the long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability of European fishing activities.

In some cases, scientists have been constantly advising that there should be no catches of certain vulnerable stocks. For example: ICES advice for cod in the west of Scotland has been 0 tonnes year after year but this year the TAC actually increased to 1279 tonnes, of which 22% went to Ireland.

Similarly, ICES advice for the Celtic Sea cod was also 0 tonnes, yet the 2020 Regulation has set the TAC at 805 tonnes, with more than 50% allocated to Ireland. Whiting and plaice are also cited in the pleadings, both of which had ICES recommendations of 0 tonnes, with Ireland benefiting from 57% and 44% respectively of the non-zero TACs set despite this advice.

The issues related to zero catches go to the heart of this case. Friends of the Irish Environment argues that the EU Member States have a political and legal obligation to follow the best available scientific advice for all stocks whether they are targeted or caught as bycatch. Moreover, sustainable fisheries management requires taking a long-term perspective in balancing the social, economic and environmental impact of fishing measures.

WHY IRELAND?
A recent ClientEarth study [Notes] on which Member States have been lobbying for higher than scientifically advised TACs in the period from 2017 to 2019 shows that Ireland is among the Member States that have most actively advocated for higher TACs, along with others like Spain and France.

Moreover, in the challenged Regulation, Ireland benefits significantly from unsustainable TACs by having considerable shares in 13 of the stocks that exceed the scientific advice.
‘Even though the Irish government and Minister Creed are partly responsible for the decisions taken regarding catch limits and quotas, ultimately these decisions are taken by the Council of EU fisheries ministers as a whole, who are both collectively and individually bound by the CFP’s rules. Exceeding the MSY exploitation rate is incompatible with the basic regulation of the CFP and must be annulled by the Court of Justice of the European Union’, said Ms. Ruddock.

FIE is asking the Irish Courts to refer the case to the European Court of Justice.

FIE is represented by FP Logue, solicitors, with James Devlin, SC and John Kenny BL.
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CONTACT
Fred Logue, FP Logue Solicitors: 353 (0) 1 531 3510
Kate Ruddock, Irish NGO spokesperson 353 (0) 1 639 4652

NOTES
*MSY is defined in Article 4.7 of the CFP Regulation as “the highest theoretical equilibrium yield that can be continuously taken on average from a stock under existing average environmental conditions without significantly affecting the reproduction process”. Common Fisheries Policy Basic Regulation (No. 1380/2013).

ClientEarth is a charity that uses the power of the law to protect people and the planet. We are international lawyers finding practical solutions for the world’s biggest environmental challenges. We are fighting climate change, protecting oceans and wildlife, making forest governance stronger, greening energy, making business more responsible and pushing for government transparency. We believe the law is a tool for positive change. From our offices in London, Brussels, Warsaw, Berlin and Beijing, we work on laws throughout their lifetime, from the earliest stages to implementation. And when those laws are broken, we go to court to enforce them.
See:
https://www.documents.clientearth.org/library/download-info/taking-stock-are-tacs-set-to-achieve-msy/

New Economics
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https://neweconomics.org/2020/03/landing-the-blame-overfishing-in-the-northeast-atlantic-2020

Pew
The Pew Charitable Trust, founded in 1948, is a global research and public policy organization originating in the United States which uses evidence-based, nonpartisan analysis to solve today's challenges. See:
Analysis of Fisheries Council agreement on fishing opportunities in the north-east Atlantic for 2020, 8 May 2020
https://www.pewtrusts.org/-/media/assets/2020/05/080520_analysis_of_fisheries_council_agreement_on_fishing_opportunities_in_the_nea_for_2020.pdf

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