Revealed: most of EU delegation to crucial fishing talks made up of fishery lobbyists


A porter carries a yellowfin tuna from a fishing boat to a market in Male, capital of Maldives. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Seascape: the state of our oceans | European Union | Karen McVeigh

Europe accused of ‘neocolonialism’ for using vassal small island states to sway policy and continue ‘disgraceful plundering’ of distant waters

More than half of the EU’s delegation to a crucial body of tuna stock regulators is made up of fishing industry lobbyists, the Guardian’s Seascape project can reveal, as Europe is accused of “neocolonial” overfishing in the Indian Ocean.

The numbers could shed some light on why the EU recently objected to an agreement by African and Asian coastal nations to restrict harmful fish aggregating devices (FADs) that disproportionately harvest juvenile tuna. Stocks of yellowfin tuna are overfished in the Indian Ocean.

FADs are large floating rafts that attract fish by casting a shadow, making it easy…

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