Catchy Data app, launched by Oceana. (Image: Oceana)
App launched by Oceana would estimate fish stock recovery
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 22:40 (GMT + 9)
Marine conservation organization Oceana presented an interactive application, called Catchy Data, that makes it possible to calculate the recovery of fish stocks if the fishing activity is carried out in a sustainable manner.
The presentation comes a few days after the Fisheries Science Fisheries Seminar began at the European Commission, Europa Press reported.
The application stipulates how much of the catches of the main commercial species could be increased, how many jobs could be created, potential net benefits, profits for the related sectors, etc., making it easier for users to explore data from European Union countries and calculate the potential benefits to modify EU fishing practices.
Specifically, the application data indicate, on the basis of a sustainable fishing activity by the EU, that it could capture almost 60 per cent more in less than ten years, inject almost EUR 5,000 million into the Community GDP and create more than 90,000 jobs.
Oceana Europe executive director Lasse Gustavsson said: "This is the first time that the economic and social benefits of recovering EU fisheries have been calculated in such a comprehensive manner."
In this regard, he added that with this application, Oceana proposes to have access to clearer data on fisheries in order to empower social agents and facilitate understanding of the potential impact of ending overfishing.
The platform was based on data from a study published by Oceana in 2017 to project the socio-economic implications of fishing at sustainable levels in Europe and aims to achieve sustainable fisheries in the EU to improve the state of the seas and to achieve economic benefits with the increase in GDP and employment.
On the other hand, the Organization insisted with the claim to the political class to address urgent actions to end overfishing in European waters because the short-term approach leads to set limits on unsustainable catches.
The seminar that will take place in the European Commission will open the debate to establish catch limits for 2019 in the Baltic, Atlantic, North Sea and deep waters.