Natura 2000 is the centerpiece of the European Union nature & biodiversity policy. Is the largest network of protected areas in the world. The aim of the network is to assure the long-term survival of Europe's most valuable and threatened species and habitats.
The European fishing fleet is too large in relation to the resources available and the search for instant profit pushes some fishermen into disregarding the rules and limits set to preserve this very resource. It is up to the Member States to ensure the enforcement of the many regulations however, not all of them have the means and the capacity to guarantee effective controls in their waters, ports and on the markets.