An Energy Transition for the EU Fishing Sector: One That Protects the Environment and is Socially Just

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Our Vision for Decarbonisation

We have a vision for a decarbonisation of the fisheries sector that progressively leads to a greenhouse gas-neutral fisheries using less energy-intensive gears and less destructive gears.

Decarbonisation will go hand in hand with a transition towards low impact fisheries, allowing the ocean and fish to play their role as climate regular and natural carbon sinks. Coastal communities will thrive thanks to their activity as fishers but also thanks to the beauty of the marine environment they will feel responsible to protect and honour. Consumers will have learned to eat less but more seasonal fish that has been sustainably fished in EU waters. We encourage the European Commission and Member States to take a step-by-step approach for a decarbonisation roadmap.

In the first period all available measures to reduce fuel consumption should be implemented as they can also easily be financed through the EMFAF. A shift towards low impact fishing should be encouraged by any means in this first phase. While technological innovation is advancing, decarbonisation can move forward towards alternative fuels. These options should be strongly assessed in the light of environmental, social and safety impacts.

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Fishing boats in the harbour of Saint Jean de Luz, Basque Country, Pyrenees Atlantiques, France. Photo:
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