Extracts from the press conference by Maria Damanaki on the EC proposals for a new, simpler system for managing fisheries at EU level
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/07/2011 First transmission: 13/07/2011
Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, held a press conference on 13 July 2011 to present the European Commission's proposals for a major reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).
The European Commission has set out a radical approach to fisheries management in Europe. The plans will secure both fish stocks and fishermen's livelihood for the future while putting an end to overfishing and depletion of fish stocks. The reform will introduce a decentralised approach to science-based fisheries management by region and sea basin, and introduce better governance standards in the EU and on the international level through sustainable fisheries agreements.
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||Maria Damanaki, Member of the EC in charge of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, arriving in the press conference room
||Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission has adopted its set of proposals for a reformed Common Fisheries Policy; she will present the package in details to the European Parliament's Fisheries Committee.
||Cutaway of journalists
||Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH) saying that they are going to bind themselves to reach maximum sustainable yield until 2015; so, this will become a legal obligation; maximum sustainable yield means that they can keep fishing; but they have to manage each fish stock in such a way that they can get maximum fish production while still keeping that stock sustainable.
||Cutaway of journalists
||Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH) saying that the EC's proposal is to change the system so that all catches are landed and counted against quotas; a third element is giving an alternative to overfishing; so, aquaculture will give a very important push.
||Cutaway of the speakers
||Soundbite by Maria Damanaki (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission is going to interfere only whenever there is not an agreement at the regional level; so she hopes that this regionalisation exercise will help the Member States, since there are going to have more competencies, more authority, and will also help good cooperation with the industry, with the sector, with the fishermen, since they will have a very important role in taking decisions by themselves.
||General view of the conference room