Press conference by Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC, on the presentation of the Aquaculture Guidelines Communication
Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, gave a press conference on the presentation of the Aquaculture Guidelines Communication. To boost the development of EU aquaculture, the EC had issued strategic guidelines, thereby cooperating with Member States and stakeholders in overcoming the challenges facing the sector. The EU aquaculture sector had a significant growth potential and could help to spare overexploited sea resources. The Guidelines presented by Maria Damanaki could help coordinate efforts across all Member States. They didn't create new legal obligations, but presented a series of voluntary steps that Member States, the Commission, and stakeholders could take to promote an industry that was economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and provide consumers with healthy, high-quality seafood.