EU Fisheries Reporting
In 2011 and 2012, EJN organized a series of workshops in Ireland, France, and Germany that brought together experts and journalists to debate European fisheries and fisheries policy, and to strengthen media coverage of these vital issues.
In the European Union, the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) has overseen fisheries management across the region since it was first introduced in 1982, and is now undergoing reforms, as it does every 10 years. In 2002, the objectives of the new CFP aimed to ensure "the sustainable development of fishing activities from an environmental, economic and social point of view." But there seems to be a general consensus that it did not achieve its objectives, with three quarters of European stocks being overfished (82% of Mediterranean stocks and 63% of Atlantic stocks).
To increase awareness of European fisheries, EJN first organized the Journalism Conference on European Fisheries in Dublin, Ireland in October of 2011. Bolstered by the success of this event, in early 2012 EJN followed up this initial conference with two more seminars in France and Germany that brought together leading experts from the EU fisheries sector, scientific community, NGOs, and policymakers to discuss the reform proposal before an audience of 20 French, German and other European journalists. The workshops included opportunities to put questions to key European stakeholders in the field of fisheries, visiting a working fishing port for field work and interviews, and helped provide guidance on more general journalistic skills and techniques specific to reporting on environmental issues.
EJN fully respected the editorial independence of all journalists, and throughout both trips, journalists were free to report as they saw fit. Funding for this program was generously provided by the Oak Foundation & the Adessium Foundation.