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Open letter to Greenpeace UK to join forces for sustainable fisheries

26 June 2020

26-6-2020 Open letter to Greenpeace UK to join forces for sustainable fisheries


The Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association (PFA) has published an open letter calling for Greenpeace UK to enter into a dialogue in the interest of heathy oceans and sustainable fishing operations in UK waters. This call follows the publication of an inaccurate and misleading report by the campaign group on fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) earlier this month.


Greenpeace’s report contains a number of false statements and inaccuracies about the operations of pelagic freezer trawlers across Europe, all of whom are fishing legally, sustainably and within quota based on scientific advice.


The report also contradicts a Memorandum of Understanding the PFA and its member companies signed with Greenpeace in the Netherlands in August 2016, which is still in function. The MoU recognizes the leading role the PFA and its members take in ensuring sustainable fisheries; both in the collection of scientific data and scientific research on (pelagic) resources; improving selectivity and avoiding bycatch; and in contributing to effective fisheries management in all regions where PFA members have a pelagic fishing operation.


Press release:

PFA press release on open letter to Greenpeace.pdf


Open letter to Greenpeace:

Open letter to Greenpeace UK.pdf


Factsheet fiction versus fact statement:
Fiction versus facts UK MPA.pdf







PFA represents the interests of nine European freezer-trawler companies involved in pelagic fishing activities for human consumption.

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