A report by the New Economics Foundation
has named Europe's worst offenders for overfishing in the northeast Atlantic
. Every year, European fisheries ministers agree on a total allowable catch (TAC) for commercial fish stocks. This is generally determined using advice from scientific bodies who provide information on the state of stocks and recommended maximum catch levels.
In 2019, Sweden exceeded its TAC by 52.4 percent - equating to 17,369 tonnes. The United Kingdom and Ireland join Sweden at the top of the list of the worst offenders for overfishing, exceeding their quotas by 24.3 and 21.7 percent, respectively.