Open letter to Mrs Damanki

created on: 14.07.2014 | by: Jürgen Oeder | Category(s): Bluefin tuna, News

Open Letter to:
European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Maria Damanaki

Dear Mrs Damanaki,

I am a journalist and author of a book on the deep sea fishing and would like to thank for your work on behalf of fellow fishermen and charter boat skippers around the northern Mediterranean.
Many fish stocks in the Mediterranean are threatened because fishing pressure continues to increase and more and more young fish are being caught. With one exception, the bluefin tuna has recovered significantly. The risk of extinction of tuna, which has been the economically and culturally significant for millennia, is apparently banned for now. This is due to your outstanding performance! None of your predecessors has so energetically and decisively advanced the protection and sustainable management of tuna as you have done. But there is still much to do, especially for other fish species.
Nevertheless, we would like to thank you for your courage, your dedication and assertiveness. Mrs Damanaki, you have our respect.

With best wishes for your future career
Jürgen Oerder