Statement by the European Commission on CITES vote on bluefin tuna "We are disappointed with the outcome of the CITES meeting as regards the EU proposal for a listing in Appendix I of bluefin tuna....
Maria Damanaki, European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, arrives in Spain this evening for a three-day visit to Madrid and Vigo. During her visit, the Commissioner will meet with political leaders, industry representatives, shipowners and other stakeholders to gauge their views on a range of issues. She will also meet staff at the Community Fisheries Control Agency, based in Vigo, and see a number of local projects at work.
Strides forward were made last week by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission for the protection of the fish stocks in the Indian Ocean, such as tropical tunas and shark stocks. The parties agreed among others on an enhanced system for control and compliance, on introducing a time/area closure and on forbidding sharks from the thresher family from being taken or kept on board. These measures, probably the most far reaching undertaken by IOTC since its conception in 1996, all stemmed from EU's proposal and were made possible thanks to the EU's progressive leadership and close cooperation with all IOTC Members, particularly coastal developing states.
Since its launch in 2008, European Maritime Day is celebrated every year on 20 May. This year's European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference will be held in Gijon, Spain from 18 to 21 May.
Commissioner Maria Damanaki
Maria Damanaki, Commissioner for Maritime affairs and fisheries, and Louka Katseli, Greek Minster for Economy, shipping and competitiveness, met today In Brussels to explore how the Integrated Maritime Policy being developed at EU-level could contribute to ongoing national initiatives in Greece as regard Maritime affairs and to identify tangible synergies that could lead to a National Strategy for an Integrated Maritime Policy in Greece.
Maritime affairs and fisheries
Preparation Agriculture/Fisheries Council of March 2010 The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will meet in Brussels on Monday 29 March (starting at 11 a.m.), under the Presidency of Mrs Elena Espinosa, Spanish Minister ...