WWF Analysis (2012). Legalised overfishing. WWF European Policy Office: Brussels. 5 pp.
• European Member States have been overfi shing European waters for too long• Over the past nine years fisheries ministers have only followed scientific advice in 13% of their decisions; and concerning fishing quotas, ministers’ have decided quotas on average 45% higher than the recommended scientific advice• The current problem of overfishing will prove devastating to European fish stocks and the long term prospects of the fishing industry unless the upcoming reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) ensures that fish stocks are recovered to and managed at sustainable levels• The scientific case is clear - it is now up to MEPs and the Member States to ensure responsible reform to safeguard our fish stocks and sustainable fishing