The European Union currently faces potentially conflicting
objectives of maintaining sustainable fisheries in European waters
with all the economic benefits afforded to the community through the
fishing industry, whilst at the same time maintaining biodiversity and
avoiding negative effects on the environment.
To date the economic arguments controlling fishing effort have
focused on costs of fishing per unit catch and maintenance of
sustainable fish stocks for the future.
The current objectives of the EU are to control the environmental
impact of fishing and to strike a balance between economic needs and
protection of the environment.